Tena Campbell

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Tena Campbell
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Current Court Information:
United States District Court for the District of Utah
Title:   Senior Judge
Position:   Seat #1
Appointed by:   Bill Clinton
Active:   6/30/1995 - 1/1/2011
Chief:   2006 - 2011
Senior:   1/1/2011 - Present
Preceded by:   Bruce Jenkins
Succeeded by:   Robert Shelby
Personal History
Undergraduate:   University of Idaho, B.A., 1967
Law School:   Arizona State University College of Law, J.D., 1977
Grad. School:   Arizona State University, M.A., 1970

Tena Campbell is an Article III federal judge for the United States District Court of Utah. She joined the court in 1995 after being nominated by President Bill Clinton. Campbell has served as Chief Judge of the Court from 2006 till she assumed senior status on January 1, 2011.[1]

Early life and education

Born in Wendell, Idaho, Campbell graduated from the University of Idaho with her bachelor's degree in 1967. Campbell obtained a Master's degree in 1970 and later a Juris Doctor in 1977 from Arizona State University.[1]

Professional career

From 1977 to 1981, Campbell was in private practice in the State of Utah. Campbell became Assistant County Attorney in the Salt Lake County Attorney's Office in 1981, then joined the Utah US Attorney's Office as an Assistant US Attorney and served in that capacity until her appointment to the Federal Bench in 1995.[1]

Judicial career

District of Utah

Campbell was nominated to the United States District Court for the District of Utah by President Bill Clinton on June 22, 1995 to a seat vacated by Bruce Jenkins as Jenkins assumed senior status. Campbell was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on June 30, 1995 on a Senate vote and received commission on June 30, 1995.[1]

Notable cases

Utah sex offender registry challenged (2009)

  United States District Court for the District of Utah
     *John Doe, v. Mark Shurtleff, et al. 1:08-CV-64-TC
Judge Campbell on August 20, 2009 vacated a previous judgment that prevented the State of Utah from enacting its sexual offender registry.[2]

A man who remained anonymous sued the state of Utah, alleging violations of his first amendment rights, after being required to hand over his contact information and internet passwords after being convicted of sexual offenses.[2]

Judge Campbell vacated the ruling after the Utah General Assembly took corrective action for the registry to be compliant with the First Amendment. The previous text of the law required offenders to provide Internet screen names and passwords for sites they registered to. It was amended to require offenders to turn over only their Internet identifiers, and to make that information private under state records laws.[2]

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Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
Bruce Jenkins
District of Utah
Seat #1
Succeeded by:
Robert Shelby