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The Honorable Shauna Graves-Robertson

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Profession

Category:
LawMakers
Occupation(s):
Municipal Court Judge

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Collard Greens
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Southern Caribbean
Favorite Quote:
I Don't Have Any Energy Around It.

Birthplace

Born:
6/22/1958
Birth Location:
Salt Lake City, Utah

Profession

Category:
LawMakers
Occupation(s):
Municipal Court Judge

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Collard Greens
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Southern Caribbean
Favorite Quote:
I Don't Have Any Energy Around It.

Birthplace

Born:
6/22/1958
Birth Location:
Salt Lake City
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Biography

Utah Third District Justice Court judge Shauna Marie Graves-Robertson was born on June 22, 1958, in Salt Lake City, Utah, where she was raised by her mother Ms. Augustine C. Morgan. Robertson attended Salt Lake City’s Jefferson Elementary and Matheson Elementary Schools. In 1976, she graduated from West High School, where she was a staff member of the school’s newspaper and the singing group, West High Acappella.

After graduating, Graves-Robertson enrolled at Arizona State University where she received her B.S. degree in criminal justice in 1980. She later attended American University in Washington, D.C., and completed an internship with Senator Orrin G. Hatch and the Virginia Parole and Probation Department. In 1982, Graves-Robertson was hired as a program specialist for the Division of Youth Corrections, Office of Standards and Evaluations in Salt Lake City, Utah. She went on to work as a treatment counselor, observing, testing and reporting the behavior of delinquent youth. In 1984, Graves-Robertson was appointed by Governor Scott M. Matheson to head the State Office of Black Affairs. While serving in that capacity, she worked with community leaders and organizations to promote economic development throughout minority communities. Graves-Robertson then earned her M.A. degree in public administration from the University of Utah in 1987. In 1989, Graves-Robertson worked as a law clerk for the office of the Attorney General, and one year later, she earned her J.D. degree from the University of Utah.

As an attorney, Graves-Robertson practiced in the areas of criminal defense and family and employment law. She has worked with Utah Legal Defenders Association and Innovations International, Inc., where she trained the members of major corporations in the areas of diversity and empowerment throughout the United States and Canada. In 1999, Graves-Robertson was appointed to the Salt Lake County Justice Court, where she is the presiding judge.

Graves-Robertson has served on the boards of the Alberta Henry Foundation and Youth and Families with Promise. She is also a member of the National Bar Association, Minority Bar Association, the National Association of Women Lawyers and the American Bar Association.

Graves-Robertson lives in Salt Lake City, Utah with her husband, John. They have three daughters Jacquenita, Jordan and Joey.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Shauna Graves-Robertson lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Shauna Graves-Robertson describes her mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Shauna Graves-Robertson recounts her mother's migration to Ogden, Utah
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Shauna Graves-Robertson talks about her biological father
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Shauna Graves-Robertson describes her stepfather, Norman B. Morgan, and her godparents, Frank and Janie Mae Crosby
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Shauna Graves-Robertson describes her godfather, Frank Crosby, and her childhood neighborhood in Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Shauna Graves-Robertson recalls her earliest childhood memories
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Shauna Graves-Robertson describes the sights, sounds, and smells of growing up in Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Shauna Graves-Robertson talks about her religious upbringing
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Shauna Graves-Robertson recalls her years at Jefferson Elementary School in Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Shauna Graves-Robertson describes her teachers and interests at Northwest Junior High School and West High School in Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Shauna Graves-Robertson remembers watching 'Perry Mason' as a child and imagining herself as a lawyer
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Shauna Graves-Robertson describes her high school trip to New Zealand, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Shauna Graves-Robertson describes her high school trip to New Zealand, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Shauna Graves-Robertson talks about her decision to attend Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Shauna Graves-Robertson describes her internship with Utah Senator Orrin Hatch in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Shauna Graves-Robertson talks about joining Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Shauna Graves-Robertson describes her decision to major in criminal justice at Arizona State University in Tempe
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Shauna Graves-Robertson describes studying abroad in Great Britain
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Shauna Graves-Robertson describes people of color in Great Britain during the late 1970s and early 1980s
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Shauna Graves-Robertson talks about Washington, D.C. during HistoryMaker Marion Barry's mayoral tenure
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Shauna Graves-Robertson describes working at the Utah Department of Youth Corrections
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Shauna Graves-Robertson talks about heading the Utah State Office of Black Affairs from 1984 to 1987
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Shauna Graves-Robertson talks about issues facing African Americans in Utah, and her decision to attend law school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Shauna Graves-Robertson talks about pursuing theater before returning to the S.J. Quinney School College of Law at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Shauna Graves-Robertson describes working as a diversity trainer and motivational speaker in Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Shauna Graves-Robertson describes how she met her husband, John Robertson
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Shauna Graves-Robertson describes working as a legal defender for the Salt Lake Legal Defenders Association
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Shauna Graves-Robertson talks about crime and crystal methamphetamine in Salt Lake County, Utah
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Shauna Graves-Robertson lists the legal associations to which she belongs
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Shauna Graves-Robertson talks about the Alberta Henry Education Foundation in Utah
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Shauna Graves-Robertson describes her appointment as Utah's first African-American female judge
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Shauna Graves-Robertson describes her experiences and judicial philosophy
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Shauna Graves-Robertson describes her most difficult cases
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Shauna Graves-Robertson talks about her hopes and concerns for the African-American community
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Shauna Graves-Robertson reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Shauna Graves-Robertson describes her family
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Shauna Graves-Robertson talks about how she would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Shauna Graves-Robertson narrates her photographs