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Counselor is new in town

Patrick Parkinson, Of the Record staff

Courtney Connel says she will cut her teeth prosecuting misdemeanors and cases in juvenile court before perhaps moving on to felonies in Summit County.

The newest member of the Summit County Attorney’s Office grew up a self-described "military brat" before earning a law degree at Florida State University after graduating from the University of Utah.

"I’m a Ute," she said about the mascot at the U.

She insisted the school’s football team should be the national champion after defeating University of Alabama in the Sugar Bowl Jan. 2.

Connel, who is 36 years old, taught English in Korea before taking a job as a law clerk at the Office of the Utah Attorney General.

"I was working for the criminal appeals division," Connel said about the Salt Lake City job.

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Meanwhile, Connel said taking cases to trial as a prosecutor allows her to "do something that has a social impact."

"I think I have a strong interest and desire to do what I’m doing," she said. "This is a terrific place to work and the people here are fabulous."