SALT LAKE CITY — The presiding judge of the Utah Court of Appeals has been appointed to the U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals.

The White House announced Judge Carolyn B. McHugh's appointment Thursday, releasing a statement from President Barack Obama expressing confidence McHugh will be a "diligent, judicious and esteemed" addition to the bench.

McHugh was appointed to the Utah Court of Appeals in 2005 and has handled more than 1,100 criminal and civil cases and issued 285 opinions. She previously worked for 22 years at the Salt Lake City law firm Parr, Brown, Gee and Loveless. She is a graduate of the University of Utah College of Law, where she later taught as an adjunct professor.

The appointment must be approved by the U.S. Senate before McHugh joins the 10th Circuit bench.

— McKenzie Romero