Judge Robert K. Hilder was appointed to the Third District Court by Gov. Michael O. Leavitt and took office on August 1, 1995. He serves Salt Lake, Summit, and Tooele counties. Judge Hilder emigrated from Australia in 1977, and has lived in Utah since that time. He received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Utah, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and subsequently received a law degree from the University’s College of Law in 1984, where he served on the Utah Law Review for two years. After clerking part-time during law school with Christensen & Jensen, he joined the firm first as an associate, and successively shareholder, director, and managing director. His practice stressed civil litigation, covering many subject matters. Judge Hilder’s service in the judiciary includes: the Judicial Performance Evaluation Committee (1998-2001); the Utah Judicial Council and the Council’s Management Committee (2001-2007); Associate Presiding Judge, Third District (2005-2007), and Presiding Judge (2007- present); District Court representative, Executive Committee, Family Law Section of the Utah State Bar (2005-2007); and member of the Grand Jury Panel of Judges (1998-2007).