Utah's chief justice heads 2 judicial groups

Utah's chief justice heads 2 judicial groups

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Utah's chief justice has been named to top positions with two organizations.

Christine Durham was recently elected chairwoman of the National Center for State Courts, a reform group dedicated to improving the administration of justice.

Durham also has been named president of the Conference of Chief Justices, which represents state court systems before Congress and federal agencies.

Both organizations are based in a Williamsburg, Va.

Durham, who became Utah's chief justice in 2002, will serve one-year terms at each organization.

The Conference of Chief Justices consists of the highest judicial officer of each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and U.S. commonwealths and territories as far away as the Northern Mariana Islands, 3,800 miles southwest of Hawaii.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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