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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- The Utah Senate has unanimously confirmed a Brigham Young University law professor to fill a vacancy on the Utah Supreme Court.
Tom Lee has never served as a judge. The Senate confirmed him on Wednesday. Lee replaces Justice Michael Wilkins, who is retiring and whose term expired May 15.
Utah justices serve renewable, 10-year terms.
Lee is a former deputy assistant attorney general at the U.S. Department of Justice who has clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.
Lee currently works part time for the Salt Lake City law firm Howard, Phillips & Anderson practicing trademark, copyright and trade secret law. He's worked full time for BYU, where he got his undergraduate degree in economics, since 1997.
Lee's brother, Mike Lee, is the GOP nominee for U.S. Senate.
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