Hon. Kevin K. Allen (Ret.)
Retired Judge Kevin K. Allen was appointed to the First District Court by Governor Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.
While serving on the bench, Judge Allen presided over some of the most high-profile cases in the state of
Utah at the time, many of which made national news. Despite this difficult caseload, Judge Allen’s
greatest efforts were helping those that appeared in front of him to solve their own problems. Judge Allen
established and presided over the First District Mental Health Court, the second of its kind in Utah.
During that time Judge Allen was an effective advocate for helping those with a mental illness or
addictions in the criminal justice system to manage their own lives and return to being happy and
productive members of society. Judge Allen, along with the assistance of Utah State University,
established the National Mental Health Court Conference held bi-annually in Park City, where he was
often a sought-after speaker. Judge Allen has become known as an expert in Mental Health Courts and the
treatment of the mentally ill within the judicial system and has spoken nationally on the subject. Judge
Allen also served as Chairman of the State of Utah Board of District Court Judges. He was also a
member of the Utah Sentencing Commission and was the Presiding Judge for the First District in Utah.
One of Judge Allen’s last assignments as a judge was to serve on the Judicial Council, the governing
entity for the entire Utah Judiciary, where he continued his advocacy to change the way the judiciary dealt
with those with mental illnesses and addictions.
Before taking the Bench, Judge Allen received a Juris Doctorate from the University of Oklahoma where
he received many honors, primarily in trial advocacy. While in law school Judge Allen was
commissioned as an officer in the United States Navy, and after graduation served in the JAG Corps. He
was assigned for three years to Submarine Base, Groton Connecticut where he became the lead prosecutor
for the Northeast Command. He was then served as the Tax Officer for the European and Southwest Asia
Command while living with his family in Spain. Upon leaving active duty as a Lieutenant Commander,
Judge Allen returned to Logan, Utah, and practiced law primarily in civil matters. Before his appointment
to the bench, Judge Allen served as president of the Cache County Bar Association and was a member of
the American Trial Lawyers Association and the American and Utah Bar Association's Litigation, Real
Property, and Estate Planning sections.
Judge Allen has always had a problem solving, resolution mindset. As an attorney, he worked hard to
help his clients find a resolution to their problems without the expensive and time-consuming drain of
protracted litigation. Judge Allen continued this pattern as a judge, often taking the additional time
needed to help the parties find a personnel solution rather than a Court imposed judgment. Although
Judge Allen’s greatest asset is his ability, forged through decades of practice as an attorney and as a
judge, to listen to people and help them resolve their own conflicts and problems.