ST. GEORGE — A Utah judge and a BYU law professor received high honors Monday at the Utah State Bar's Spring Convention.

Bar officials recognized 3rd District Judge Sandra Peuler and David Dominguez, a BYU law professor, for advancement of women and minorities in Utah's legal profession.    

Utah State Bar President-elect Lori Nelson presented Peuler with the bar's Dorathy Merrill Brothers Award for the Advancement of Women in the Legal Profession.    

Gov. Mike Leavitt appointed Peuler to the 3rd District Court in 1994, following 12 years of service as a 3rd District Court commissioner. She has served as associate presiding judge and presiding judge, and also previously served on the State Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice.    

Dominguez received the Raymond S. Uno Award for the  Advancement of Minorities in the Legal Profession. After eight years as a trial attorney with the National Labor Relations Board, Dominguez joined the law faculty at BYU in 1989. He teaches criminal law, work law and community lawyering.