In a May 31, 2016 opinion piece, Judge Paul Lyman replied to S.J. Quinney College of Law Dean Bob Adler’s op-ed in The Salt Lake Tribune titled, “Utah Judiciary’s lack of diversity will not correct itself.”
Lyman wrote, “Diversity of judges has improved juvenile courts in Utah” in response.
Over the last decade and a half, I have watched how we, as juvenile court judges, have addressed concerns for Utah’s juvenile delinquent population and for families in Utah’s child welfare system. Although things were OK in 2000, they are much better in 2016. As I look at why I think things are better today, I have to attribute a good portion of the improvement to the increased gender diversity among Utah’s juvenile court judges.