William Thorne

Judge William Thorne is a Pomo/Coast Miwok Indian who has served as a part-time tribal court judge in 11 states for over 25 years. After serving as a full-time state trial judge for 14 years, he was appointed in May 2000 to the Utah Court of Appeals. Judge Thorne served as president of the National Indian Justice Center for 20 years and is currently its vice president. Among his many positions with state and national organizations, he is past-chair of Utah’s Racial & Ethnic Fairness Commission and is co-chair of the Policy Committees of the North American Council on Adoptable Children and the Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute. He also served on the Pew Commission on Children in Foster Care; the Board of Directors for National CASA; and the ABA’s Steering Committee on the Unmet Legal Needs of Children. Judge Thorne has coached soccer at the little league, university men’s and adult women’s level for 25 years, after playing the sport himself in high school and college.