Jacey Skinner

Of Counsel

Tel 801.531.3046
Fax 801.531.3001
Salt Lake City

Jacey Skinner has held a variety of senior leadership roles in Utah state government. Before joining Ballard Spahr, she served as the Deputy State Court Administrator for the State of Utah, where she facilitated policy development and managed relations with the state legislature, executive branch agencies, the Utah Judicial Council, and the Utah Supreme Court.

Jacey served as General Counsel to Utah Gov. Gary Herbert from 2013 to 2017. In that role, she negotiated legislation, oversaw the Governor's legislative review and bill signing, coordinated litigation with the Attorney General's Office, advised the Governor, his cabinet, and the Lieutenant Governor on legal, policy, and ethical issues, and oversaw Gov. Herbert's judicial appointment process.

Her experience includes serving as Director of the Utah Sentencing Commission and President of the National Association of Sentencing Commissions, where she oversaw sentencing guidelines, assisted with judicial appointments, and advised the legislature, judiciary, and Governor's Office on sentencing policy. Jacey was a Deputy District Attorney from 2003 to 2009 at the Salt Lake County District Attorney's office, where she tried both felony and juvenile cases and oversaw policy development and advocacy as Vice Chair of the Statewide Association of Prosecutors Legislative Action Committee.

Judicial Clerkships

Judge Steven L. Hansen, Utah Fourth Judicial District, 2002-2003

Professional Activities

Utah Supreme Court Advisory Committee on the Rules of Evidence, 2012-present

Utah State Bar Future of the Law Commission

Utah Office of Guardian Ad Litem Oversight Committee

General Counsel and Vice President of Public Policy, Salt Lake Chamber, 2019

National Center for State Courts

Recognitions & Accomplishments

Recipient of Dorathy Merrill Brothers Award in recognition of efforts to advance women in the legal profession, 2019

Speaking Engagements

Frequent speaker and presenter at conferences and university and law school classes

Board Memberships

Utah Center for Legal Inclusion, past Board member, 2017

Best Buddies Utah, past Advisory Board member, 2007-2011

Community Activities

Special Olympics, volunteer

Brigham Young University, J. Reuben Clark Law School (J.D. 2002)
Trial Advocacy Team, Chair
Moot Court Team

Utah State University (B.A., cum laude, 1996)