Jacey Skinner Bio
Jacey Skinner is an attorney at Ballard Spahr, LLC and former General Counsel to Governor Gary Herbert of the State of Utah. As General Counsel, she advised the Governor, his staff and his Cabinet on legal and ethical issues. She also acted as the Governor’s legislative director during four legislative sessions.
Ms. Skinner advised Governor Herbert on his appointment of 83 state court judges. Those judges include 4 of the 5 members of the Utah Supreme Court, and 6 of the 7 judges of the Utah Court of Appeals. As a result of Governor Herbert’s appointments, more female judges currently serve than ever before in the Utah’s history.
Ms. Skinner has also served as the Director of the Utah Sentencing Commission and as the President of the National Association Sentencing Commissions, the Deputy State Court Administrator for the Judiciary of the State of Utah, and an Assistant District Attorney with the Salt Lake County District Attorney’s Office. Ms. Skinner is a Center for State Government Toll Fellow. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Utah State University and her Juris Doctor degree from the J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University.
Yvette Donosso Bio
Yvette Donosso received her law degree from J. Reuben Clark Law School in 1999. Currently, she is serving as a judicial law clerk for Magistrate Judge Brooke C. Wells in the U.S. District Court for the District of Utah. Previously, she clerked for Judge Clark Waddoups.
Prior to her federal clerkships, she was a Utah Assistant Attorney General in the Litigation Division. Upon graduation, she clerked for Judges William Bohling, Lee Dever, Tyrone Medley and William Thorne in the Third District Court. Thereafter, she clerked for Justice Christine Durham, who at the time was Chief Justice for the Utah Supreme Court. After her state clerkships, she practiced commercial and employment law at Manning Curtis Bradshaw & Bednar and Jones Waldo Holbrook & McDonough.
She also served in Governor Jon Huntsman’s cabinet as the Executive Director of the Department of Community & Culture. She has served in various legal and community organizations including the Governor’s Hispanic Advisory Council, the Pete Suazo Business Center, the Utah State Bar Commission, the State History Board and is a former President of the Utah Minority Bar Association.
In 2019, she received the Raymond Uno Award for Advancement of Minorities in the Law from the Utah State Bar.