New city attorney appointed for Salt Lake City

Published: Thursday, May 16 2013 12:58 p.m. MDT

SALT LAKE CITY — Margaret Plane has been appointed by Mayor Ralph Becker as city attorney for Salt Lake City. Plane succeeds outgoing City Attorney Ed Rutan, who will retire in June.

Plane has served as senior city attorney for civil litigation since 2007. She has defended appeals in land use and employment at the Utah Court of Appeals as well as administrative employee appeals. She was co-author of key nondiscrimination ordinances proposed by Becker and unanimously passed by the City Council in 2009.

Prior to joining the Salt Lake City Attorney’s Office, Plane served as legal director for the American Civil Liberties Union of Utah and clerked for the Utah Court of Appeals. She is currently the Utah State Bar’s representative to the American Bar Association House of Delegates. She was appointed by the Utah Supreme Court as chairwoman of the Utah State Court Ethics and Disciplinary Screening Panel, which deals with allegations of lawyer misconduct. Plane is also a fellow of the American Bar Association.

Plane received her Juris Doctor from the University of Utah’s S.J. Quinney College of Law and a master’s degree in philosophy, from the U., and completed a post-graduate fellowship in German language studies at the Westfalische Wilhelms-Universitat in Munster, Germany.

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