Biographical Statements Submitted by Applicants

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Applicants for Anchorage Superior Court (3 Positions), Bethel Superior Court, Bethel District Court, Fairbanks Superior Court, Juneau Superior Court, and Kenai Superior Court:

Andrew Patrick Baldock:  Mr. Baldock has been an Alaska resident for 10 years, and has practiced law for 15 years. He graduated from the George Washington University School of Law in 2002, and is currently a supervisor in the Fairbanks District Attorney’s Office.

Brent Bennett: Mr. Bennett has been an Alaska resident for 11½ years, and has practiced law for 11½ years. He graduated from the University of Cincinnati, College of Law in 2006, and is currently the supervising attorney in the Office of Public Advocacy, Fairbanks Defense Section.

John C. Cagle: Mr. Cagle has been an Alaska resident for 7½ years, and has practiced law for 13 years. He graduated from Gonzaga University School of Law in 2003, and is currently an assistant district attorney in Anchorage. 

Suzanne Cole: Magistrate Judge Cole has been an Alaska resident for 27½ years, and has practiced law for 27½ years. She graduated from Northeastern University School of Law in 1990, and is currently a magistrate judge in Anchorage.

Roberta C. Erwin: Ms. Erwin has been an Alaska resident for 49½ years, and has practiced law for 23½ years. She graduated from the University of Puget Sound, School of Law in 1994, and is currently in private practice in Anchorage.

Martin C. Fallon: Magistrate Judge Fallon has been an Alaska resident for 10 years, and has practiced law for 18 years. He graduated from Northeastern University School of Law in 1998, and is currently a magistrate judge in Kenai.

Gregory Fisher: Mr. Fisher has been an Alaska resident for 23½ years, and has practiced law for 26 years. He graduated from the University of Washington, School of Law in 1991, and is currently in private practice in Anchorage.

Una Sonia Gandbhir: Magistrate Judge Gandbhir has been an Alaska resident for 24½ years, and has practiced law for 23½ years. She graduated from Northeastern University School of Law in 1993, and is currently a magistrate judge in Anchorage.

Josie GartonMs. Garton has been an Alaska resident for 17½ years, and has practiced law for 17½ years. She graduated from Lewis and Clark Law School in 2000, and is currently an assistant public defender in Anchorage.

Terrence P. Haas: Mr. Haas has been an Alaska resident for 9½ years, and has practiced law for 10½ years. He graduated from Roger Williams University School of Law in 2007, and is currently the supervisor of the Bethel and Dillingham Public Defender Offices. 

Lael Harrison: Ms. Harrison has been an Alaska resident for 36 years, and has practiced law for 8½ years. She graduated from the University of Washington, School of Law in 2008, and is currently in private practice in Juneau.

Kevin Andrew Higgins: Mr. Higgins has been an Alaska resident for 10½ years, and has practiced law for 10½ years. He graduated from Lewis & Clark College, Northwestern School of Law in 2007, and is currently in private practice in Juneau.

Lance Joanis: Mr. Joanis has been an Alaska resident for 13½ years, and has practiced law for 13½ years. He graduated from the University of Idaho, College of Law in 2004, and is currently an assistant attorney general in Kenai.

Scot H. Leaders: Mr. Leaders has been an Alaska resident for 25½ years, and has practiced law for 19½ years. He graduated from the University of Texas, School of Law in 1997, and is currently the district attorney in Kenai.

Melony P. Lockwood: Magistrate Judge Lockwood has been an Alaska resident for 7 years, and has practiced law for 7 years. She graduated from the University of Alabama, School of Law in 2007, and is currently a magistrate judge in Fairbanks.

Tara Logsdon: Magistrate Judge Logsdon has been an Alaska resident for 21½ years, and has practiced law for 21 years. She graduated from Regent University School of Law in 1996, and is currently a magistrate judge in Palmer.

Cheryl Mandala: Administrative Law Judge Mandala has been an Alaska resident for 12½ years, and has practiced law for 16½ years. She graduated from Stanford Law School in 2001, and is currently an administrative law judge in Anchorage.

Thomas A. Matthews: Mr. Matthews has been an Alaska resident for 32½ years, and has practiced law for 32 years. He graduated from Lewis & Clark Law School in 1985, and is currently in private practice in Anchorage.

Donna J. McCready: Magistrate Judge McCready has been an Alaska resident for 26½ years, and has practiced law for 26½ years. She graduated from Northeastern University School of Law in 1990, and is currently a magistrate judge in Anchorage.

Michael Sean McLaughlin: Mr. McLaughlin has been an Alaska resident for 65 years, any has practiced law for 36½ years. He graduated from the University of California, Hastings College of Law in 1980, and is currently in private practice in Anchorage.

Margaret McWilliams: Ms. McWilliams has been an Alaska resident for 10 years, and has practiced law for 17½ years. She graduated from Harvard Law School in 1999, and is currently an assistant public advocate, GAL, and supervisor at the Office of Public Advocacy in Juneau.

Amy Gurton Mead: Ms. Mead has been an Alaska resident for 21½ years, and has practiced law for 21½ years. She graduated from Tulane University Law School in 1996, and is currently the municipal attorney for the City and Borough of Juneau.

Will Montgomery: Mr. Montgomery has been an Alaska resident for 7 years, and has practiced law for 5½ years. He graduated from William Mitchell College of Law in 2010, and is currently an assistant public advocate in Bethel.

Lisa B. Nelson: Ms. Nelson has been an Alaska resident for 58 years, and has practiced law for 35½ years. She graduated from Hastings College of Law, University of California in 1981, and is currently in private practice in Anchorage.

Heather O’Brien: Ms. O’Brien has been an Alaska resident for 6 years, and has practiced law for 25 years. She graduated from Tulane Law School in 1993, and is currently in private practice in Anchorage.

Debra O’Gara: Judge O’Gara has been an Alaska resident for 10 years, and has practiced law for 26 years. She graduated from the University of Oregon, School of Law in 1990, and is currently the Presiding Judge for the Central Council Tlingit & Haida in Juneau.

Douglas C. Perkins: Mr. Perkins has been an Alaska resident for 41½ years, and has practiced law for 31 years. He graduated from the University of Puget Sound, School of Law in 1986, and is currently in private practice in Anchorage.

Earl Adrian Peterson: Magistrate Judge Peterson has been an Alaska resident for 7½ years, and has practiced law for 22 years. He graduated from Chicago Kent College of Law in 1995, and is currently a magistrate judge in Fairbanks.

John O. Putikka: Mr. Putikka has been an Alaska resident for 5 years, and has practiced law for 23½ years. He graduated from the University of Minnesota Law School in 1994, and is currently an assistant public defender in Bethel.

Peter R. Ramgren: Magistrate Judge Ramgren has been an Alaska resident for 15½ years, and has practiced law for 20 years. He graduated from Northeastern University School of Law in 1997, and is currently a magistrate judge in Anchorage.

David L. Roghair: Magistrate Judge Roghair has been an Alaska resident for 22 years, and has practiced law for 11 years. He graduated from Lewis & Clark Law School in 2006, and is currently a magistrate judge in Utqiagvik.

Elizabeth Russo: Ms. Russo has been an Alaska resident for 15 years, and has practiced law for 14 years. She graduated from Boston University, School of Law in 2003, and is currently a supervising attorney in the Office of Public Advocacy in Anchorage.

Daniel Schally: Judge Schally has been an Alaska resident for 20½ years, and has practiced law for 20½ years. He graduated from the University of Minnesota Law School in 1997, and is currently the district court judge in Valdez.

Kirk Schwalm: Mr. Schwalm has been an Alaska resident for 41½ years, and has practiced law for 7 years. He graduated from Lewis and Clark Law School in 2010, and is currently in private practice in Fairbanks.

Hanna Sebold: Ms. Sebold has been an Alaska resident for 14½ years, and has practiced law for 18½ years. She graduated from California Western School of Law in 1998, and is currently an assistant attorney general in Juneau.

Franklin E. Spaulding: Mr. Spaulding has been an Alaska resident for 45 years, and has practiced law for 19½ years. He graduated from Seattle University School of Law in 1998, and is currently in private practice in Fairbanks.

Gary L. Stapp: Mr. Stapp has been an Alaska resident for 29 years, and has practiced law for 31½ years. He graduated from Washburn University, School of Law in 1987, and is currently in private practice in Fairbanks.

Amy J. Tallerico: Ms. Tallerico has been an Alaska resident for 38 years, and has practiced law for 9½ years. She graduated from Thomas M. Cooley Law School in 2007, and is currently in private practice in Fairbanks.

William W. Taylor: Mr. Taylor has been an Alaska resident for 10½ years, and has practiced law for 22½ years. He graduated from Ohio Northern University, Claude W. Pettit College of Law in 1995, and is currently an assistant public defender in Kenai.

Thomas I. Temple: Mr. Temple has been an Alaska resident for 16½ years, and has practiced law for 16½ years. He graduated from George Mason University School of Law in 2001, and is currently in private practice in Fairbanks.

Clayton H. Walker: Mr. Walker has been an Alaska resident for 18 years and has practiced law for 24½ years. He graduated from the University of Houston-Bates Law Center in 1992, and is currently in private practice in Anchorage.

John Foster Wallace: Mr. Wallace has been an Alaska resident for 36½ years, and has practiced law for 22½ years. He graduated from Northeastern University School of Law in 1991, and is currently in private practice in Fairbanks.

Julie Willoughby: Ms. Willoughby has been an Alaska resident for 32 years, and has practiced law for 19½ years. She graduated from Stanford Law School in 1998, and is currently in private practice in Juneau.