Hinckley Institute

August 2023 | Paul Moxley

Alumni Spotlight

Paul Moxley was eager to learn more about politics during his undergraduate college years. In pursuit of this interest, he participated in a DC Internship through the Hinckley Institute in 1969. He secured a prestigious internship in nation's capitol with the United States Senate working for the Senator from Utah Frank E. Moss.

As he reflects on his time in the nation’s capital, Moxley says,
I have many great memories from being in DC, watching senate debates, interacting with fellow interns, and learning the ins and outs of living in DC. Working for a US Senator in DC at 22 was very educational and it prompted me to seek public service positions in my career.

Moxley went on to graduate from Utah State University with a BS in political science in 1970 and went on to obtain his JD from the University of Kansas College of Law in 1973.

Moxley has had an impressive career in the years since. Following law school, he worked as a law clerk to David T. Lewis who was the Chief Judge of the Tenth Circuit for the United States Circuit Court. He has served as President of the Utah State Bar and the National Conference on Bar Presidents and was named “Distinguished Lawyer of the Year” by the Utah State Bar for 2009-2010. He was further honored in 2016, when the Utah State Bar established a mentoring award in his name. The award is given out in the fall of each year.

He has maintained his love for politics and has participated in numerous campaigns, even serving as treasurer for a congressional candidate at one point.

Moxley ran for office in the American Bar Association (ABA) and served on the town council for Alta for 15 years. He was also Chair and member of ABA Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary and was involved in the vetting of federal judges across the nation for 4 years. This role also led him to testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee regarding the fitness of a U.S. Supreme Court justice. He also served on the Utah State Judicial Conduct Commission.

Today he makes his home in Salt Lake City where he is a shareholder with the law firm Cohne Kinghorn, P.C. He specializes in complex matters such as securities litigation, white-collar crime, intellectual property, and commercial litigation.