With more than 20 years on the bench, Judge Glen Dawson scores consistent with the average of his district court peers in all survey categories. Survey respondents particularly praise his admirable professionalism. They describe Judge Dawson’s patient demeanor that creates a welcoming and respectful courtroom atmosphere and puts people at ease. Respondents also report that Judge Dawson is a competent, hardworking judge who takes care to ensure he fully understands the positions of those appearing before him. Courtroom observers, all generally positive, note Judge Dawson’s careful concern for defendants’ individual circumstances, his good listening skills, and the non-threatening tone he establishes in his courtroom. Observers report they believe Judge Dawson would treat them fairly if they appeared before him. Of survey respondents answering the retention question, 92% recommend that Judge Dawson be retained.
The commission reviewed surveys and courtroom observation reports in addition to verifying that Judge Dawson has met all time standards, judicial education requirements, and discipline standards established by the judicial branch.
Judge Glen R. Dawson was appointed to the Second District Court in 1994 by Gov. Michael O. Leavitt. He received his law degree from Brigham Young University in 1980 and then served in Washington, D.C. as a trial attorney with the U. S. Department of Justice until 1986. Thereafter, he served in Utah as an Assistant U.S. Attorney until his appointment to the bench. Judge Dawson currently serves as the Mental Health Court Judge for Davis County and is a member of the Utah State Bar Litigation Section Executive Committee. He also works as an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Utah in the Trial Advocacy Department and as an Adjunct Professor at Weber State University in Criminal Justice.