"I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples."
— Mother Teresa
Utah's legal world has its own Mother Teresa, and her name is Justice Christine M. Durham. She is an example of excellent scholarship, hard work and kindness to every lawyer in the state.
It's difficult to summarize Durham's considerable contributions. She was the first female state trial court judge, appointed in 1978. She was then the first woman appointed to the Utah Supreme Court, in 1982. In 2002 she was the first female Utah Supreme Court chief justice. During this same time period she raised four kids with her husband, who is a doctor. She is an American Bar Association Fellow and a member of the Council of the American Law Institute, entrusted to develop uniform laws used as models across the country. Durham's achievements alone could literally fill this 400-word editorial.