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Washington • President Barack Obama re-nominated Utah Supreme Court Justice Jill Parrish to the federal district court Wednesday, and the Senate could advance her confirmation later this month.

Obama had appointed Parrish in September but her nomination lapsed when the Senate failed to act last year. The White House again announced the choice Wednesday, and Sen. Orrin Hatch said he expects the Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing about her soon. "I've been assured she'll come up before the end of January," Hatch said. "We intend to get her through. She's an outstanding jurist, a brilliant woman."

Parrish, who has served on the Utah Supreme Court since 2003, would be the second female judge on the federal bench in Utah, joining Judge Tena Campbell.

Parrish previously practiced commercial litigation in Salt Lake City and had clerked for then-federal Judge David K. Winder.

She is the past president of the Utah chapter of the Federal Bar Association.