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Chief Judge David Nuffer resume

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Appointed: March 23, 2012

Higher Education

J.D., cum laude, 1978, J. Reuben Clark Law School
B.A., cum laude, Humanities, 1975, Brigham Young University


2014 - present Chief U.S. District Judge
2012 - present U.S. District Judge
1995-2012 - U.S. Magistrate Judge (part time 1995-2002)
2001-2016 - Adjunct Professor of Law; BYU J. Reuben Clark Law School
1979-2002 - Member; Snow, Nuffer, Engstrom, Drake, Wade & Smart
1977-1978 - Law Clerk and Associate (Practicing Attorney); Allen, Thompson & Hughes, St. George, Utah
1976-1978 - Law Clerk; Howard, Lewis & Peterson, Provo, Utah

International Activities:

Judicial Selection and Appointment and the American Adversarial Justice System, Czech Union of Judges, October 19, 2012, Prague, Czech Republic
American Adversarial Justice System, Masaryk University Faculty of Law, October 16-18, 2012, Brno, Czech Republic
International Intellectual Property Law, Information Technology Law and E-Commerce Workshop, Baçesehir University Seminar for Iranian Lawyers, April 11-14, 2014, Istanbul, Turkey
Principles of Judicial Education, Iraq Judicial Development Institute, October 31 - November 4, 2011, Washington, DC
Judge and Coach, Mock Trial Competition, BUILD Initiative, April 11-22, 2011, Kyiv, Lviv and Chernivtsi, Ukraine
American Legal Education, Dokuz Eylul University in Izmir and the Law Center in Izmir (Hukuk Merkezi), March 31 and April 1, 2011, Izmir, Turkey
Presenter (Legal Ethics, Computers in the Law Office) and Panel Member (Gender in the Law), Baçeşehir University Law Practice Management Seminar for Iranian Lawyers, November 8-11, 2010, Antalya, Turkey
Panel Member and Moderator, International Courts and Society Summit, April 18-22, 2010, Kyiv, Ukraine
Judge, Mock Trial Competition, BUILD Initiative, April 12-14, 2010, Kyiv, UkraineCreating and Administering a Continual Legal Education Program (Law Practice Management), November 1-5, 2009, Cairo
Designing and Delivering Judicial Education, October 28-29, 2009, United Arab Emirates Institute of Training and Judicial Studies, Sharjah
Judicial Performance Evaluation (Interviews and discussions with legal community and government officials), May 28-June 1, 2009, Bahrain
Best Practices in Continuing Legal Education for Judges (Judicial Education for New Judges in the United States; Methods of Distance Education; Teaching Judicial Ethics: Why and How; Introduction to Advanced Education Techniques; Mentoring Programs and Peer Evaluations for Members of the Judicial Authority) (Co-presenter with Mira-GurArie and Valerie Armand), April, 2009, Abu Dhabi, UAE
Visiting Professor with the Leavitt Institute for International Development at National Economics University College of International Law, National Aviation University College of International Law, Academy of Advocates; International School; University of Law and Economics; Kyiv, Ukraine, September 17-28, 2007; February 11-February 22 and March 24-April 4, 2008
Consultant, Ukraine Rule of Law Project (USAID-Chemonics International), March 2008.
Lay Participation in Criminal Justice, Ukraine National Law Academy, March 15, 2007, Kharkiv, Ukraine
Visiting Professor with the Leavitt Institute for International Development at Academy of Advocates; International School; University of Law and Economics; Kyiv, Ukraine, March 9 - 22, 2007
"O Sistema Jurídico nos Estados Unidos - A Competência do U.S. Magistrate Judge" 21 Direito Federal 39 (2003)
O Sistema Jurídico nos Estados Unidos - A Competência do U.S. Magistrate Judge (The Jurisdiction of the Magistrate Judge in the United States' Judicial System), Ribeirão Preto, SP, Brasil, June 2002

Civic and Court Activity

Member, Federal Judicial Center Judges IT Training Advisory Group, 2007-present
Program Developer and Lecturer, New Magistrate Judge Automation Orientation, 2006-2010
Member, U. S. Courts Information Technology Advisory Committee, 2009-2011
Member, Utah District Court Civil Procedure Rules Advisory Committee, 2003-2012 
Member, Utah District Court Disciplinary Panel, 2003- present
Member, Utah District Court Technology Committee, 2001-present (Vice-chair 2003-present)
Member, Utah State Supreme Court Advisory Committee on Rules of Civil Procedure, 2003-present
Member, U. S. Magistrate Judges Advisory Group, 2005-2009
Member (ex officio), Utah State Supreme Court Study Committee on Delivery of Legal Services, 2001-2002
President, Utah State Bar, 2000-2001
Member, Utah Judicial Conduct Commission, 1997-2000; Vice Chair 1998-1999; Chair 1999-2000
Chair, Utah State Bar Long Range Planning Committee, 1997-1998
Chair, Utah Electronic Law Project and Utah Electronic Law and Commerce Partnership, 1996-2000
Chair, Utah State Bar Internet Services Committee, 1995-2000
Member, Governor's Impact Fee Resolution Group, 1995
Member, Judicial Council Ad Hoc Committee Access to Electronic Court Records, 1995
Commissioner, Utah State Bar, 1994-2002
Member, Utah Supreme Court Special Task Force on the Management and Regulation of the Practice of Law, 1990-1991
Member, Fifth District Court Judicial Nominating Commission, 1984-1988; 1992-1994
Member, St. George Chamber of Commerce; Board Member (1982-1986); President (1985)

Licenses and Professional Associations

Admitted, 1995, U.S. District Court, Arizona (resigned 2004)

Admitted, 1978, U.S. District Court, Utah

Admitted, 1978, Utah State Bar (inactive status 2003)

Admitted, 1989, Arizona State Bar

Former Member, U.S. District Court Arbitration and Mediation Panel, Utah

Former Member and Mediation Panel Member, American Arbitration Association

Former Member, Utah Court Annexed Alternative Dispute Resolution Panel (Arbitrator and Mediator)