Judge Laura S. Scott received a bachelor’s degree, cum laude, from the University of Utah in 1990, graduating Phi Beta Kappa. She graduated cum laude with a juris doctor degree from the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University in 1993. After graduation, she served as Assistant General Counsel for the University of Utah from 1993 to 1997. She then joined the law firm of Parsons Behle & Latimer, where she maintained a commercial and real estate litigation practice, including trial and appellate work. She served on the firm’s board of directors from 2010 until her appointment to the bench. Judge Scott is an American Bar Foundation Fellow, a former vice chair of the Ethics and Discipline Committee of the Utah Supreme Court, and a past president of the Salt Lake County Bar Association. She received the Utah State Bar’s Professionalism Award in 2014.
Judge Scott was appointed to the Third District Court in October 2014 by Governor Gary Herbert. She took the bench in January 2015. She serves on the Advisory Committee on the Utah Rules of Civil Procedure, the Ethics Advisory Committee, and the Judicial Outreach Committee. She was recently elected to the Board of District Court Judges.