University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law alumna Cecilia Romero has been selected to become a federal magistrate judge.
The U.S. District Court for Utah announced Friday that Romero has been chosen to fill an upcoming vacancy on the federal bench. Romero will fill the vacancy created by Magistrate Judge Brooke Wells, who will retire in June. Wells is also an S.J. Quinney College of Law graduate.
Romero will move to the new position after many years as a civil litigator and partner in the Salt Lake City-based law firm Holland & Hart.
“The district judges are excited to have such a well-respected, talented attorney with broad civil experience join an exceptional magistrate judge bench,” a statement issued on behalf of the district judges said of Romero’s appointment.
At the College of Law, Romero currently serves on the alumni Board of Trustees and on the Dean’s Diversity Council, a group of professionals and community stakeholders dedicated to recruiting minority applicants to the law school and assisting with job placement after graduation.
She is a 2002 graduate who served as note and comment editor on the University of Utah Law Review and as president of the Native American Law Students Association. She was also a William H. Leary Scholar during law school.
Romero was instrumental in creating the Utah Minority Bar Association Diversity Pipeline Initiative that pairs attorneys from Holland & Hart with minority service and leadership scholarship students from the law schools at the University of Utah and Brigham Young University.
Read a previous feature about her time in law school and her contributions to the College of Law here.