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Trump nominates former federal prosecutor for Utah judgeship

(Chris Detrick | Tribune file photo) Then-U.S. Attorney for Utah David Barlow speaks during a press conference in 2012. President Donald Trump on Wednesday, May 30, 2019, nominated Barlow to be a federal judge in the Beehive State, the White House announced.

Washington • President Donald Trump on Wednesday nominated former U.S. Attorney for Utah David Barlow to be a federal judge in the Beehive State, the White House announced.

Barlow is a former general counsel to Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, and now a lawyer at Dorsey & Whitney LLP, an international law firm with an office in Salt Lake City.

Trump’s White House has made a concerted effort to push as many judicial picks as possible, with the Senate recently changing its rules to rush through nominees.

The Senate recently confirmed Washington lawyer Howard Nielson by a close vote – 51-47, with only one Republican opposed – to serve on the federal bench in Utah.

Barlow, a graduate of Brigham Young University and Yale Law School, previously served as vice president for Walmart’s health and wealth business and was also a part of the law firm Sidley Austin, where first lady Michelle Obama practiced for a stint. President Barack Obama appointed Barlow as the top federal prosecutor in Utah in October 2011. He served until 2014 in that role.

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