Mr. Hess received a bachelor's degree in English from Brigham Young University. He earned his J.D. from the University of Idaho College of Law where he served as the Executive Editor of the Idaho Law Review. He is the author of the comment: The Planning/Operational Dichotomy: A Specious Approach to the Discretionary Function Exception in the Idaho Tort Claims Act, 40 Idaho L. Rev. 225 (2003). Following law school, Mr. Hess worked for two years as a law clerk for the Honorable Gregory K. Orme at the Utah Court of Appeals.