Retiring Utah prime court docket justice to open regulation, consulting corporations

The LDS Church’s Mormon Temple in downtown Salt Lake Metropolis, Utah, is seen January 27, 2012. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart

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  • Utah Supreme Court docket Justice Thomas Lee will retire after 12 years on bench
  • Appellate regulation agency could have places of work in Utah and Washington, D.C.

(Reuters) – Utah Supreme Court docket Affiliate Chief Justice Thomas Lee stated Monday he’ll create a regulation agency and a separate linguistic consulting agency as he retires from the bench June 30.

The regulation agency will deal with appellate work and have places of work in Washington, D.C., and Utah. The consulting agency will provide providers together with corpus linguistics, a instrument used to research massive databases of texts to find out how phrases had been used on the time they appeared in statutes, to help in authorized interpretation.

Lee has been a proponent of corpus linguistics, which advocates say presents readability, scope and transparency to courts.

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Lee stated in January he would retire from the Utah Supreme Court docket, to which he was appointed in 2010.

Lee and his brother, Republican U.S. Senator Mike Lee of Utah, had been at one level on former President Donald Trump’s shortlist for the U.S. Supreme Court docket.

The brand new consulting agency may also embody Jesse Egbert, a professor at Northern Arizona College who research corpus linguistics, the assertion stated.

John Nielsen, an assistant solicitor basic in Utah, will be a part of the regulation agency, which will likely be named Lee|Nielsen, based on the assertion.

Salt Lake Metropolis has turn into a sizzling authorized market previously 12 months, with a number of massive regulation corporations opening up places of work there.

A kind of corporations, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, has lured two former Utah Supreme Court docket justices for its new workplace, Deno Himonas and Christine Durham.

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