Judge Carolyn B. McHugh was nominated by Barack Obama and confirmed by the Senate as a judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit in 2014. She was previously appointed to the Utah Court of Appeals by Gov. Jon M. Huntsman, Jr., in August 2005.
Judge McHugh received her law degree in 1982 from the University of Utah College of Law, where she was an editor of the Utah Law Review and a member of the Order of the Coif. Upon graduation, Judge McHugh served as a law clerk to Judge Bruce S. Jenkins of the United States District Court for the District of Utah. She was a shareholder in the Salt Lake City law firm of Parr Brown Gee & Loveless until her appointment to the bench.
Judge McHugh has served as the president of Women Lawyers of Utah, a co-chair of the American Bar Association Conference of Environmental Law, and chair of the Utah State Bar Needs of Children Committee.
She has been honored with the Christine M. Durham Utah Woman Lawyer of the Year Award, the Dorathy Merrill Brothers Award for the Advancement of Women in the Profession, the University of Utah Young Alumna of the Year Award, and as the chairperson of the Utah State Bar Distinguished Committee. In 2009, Judge McHugh was named a fellow in the Advance Science & Technology Adjudication Resource Center.