As a student, Cindy L. Barton was always involved in debate and drama clubs because she enjoys and excels at speaking in front of people. She decided she wanted to help people and saw working as a lawyer as a combination of her talent and her passion. More than two decades later, Ms. Barton is thriving in her chosen profession. She has spent the past five years as guardian ad litem for The Eighth District Juvenile Court, which provides advocacy for children in court. In her role, Ms. Barton advocates and advises the court on behalf of approximately 200 children in the state of Utah. She also engages in a team approach to help kids, and attends team meetings.
Ms. Barton attributes her success to the fact that she cares about people and tries to help them; the older she grows, the more people she helps. She also credits her parents, who taught her the value of hard work. The highlight of Ms. Barton’s career occurred in 2007, when she won a historic appeal of U.S. v. Hardman at the United States Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit.
To prepare for her career, Ms. Barton earned a JD from S.J. Quinney College of Law at the University of Utah in 1989 and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Utah in 1977. She also gained experience serving as an associate with Bell and Young, a Las Vegas law firm, from 1990 to 1994. Looking to the future, Ms. Barton hopes to finish writing several books and become more financially secure, so she can take some time off to do missionary work for her church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
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