Biographical Statements Submitted By Applicants

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Applicants for Anchorage Superior Court:

Roberta C. Erwin: Ms. Erwin has been an Alaska resident for 50½ years, and has practiced law for 24½ years. She graduated from the University of Puget Sound School of Law in 1994, and is currently in private practice in Anchorage.

Donna J. McCready:  Magistrate Judge McCready has been an Alaska resident for 27 years, and has practiced law for 27 years. She graduated from Northeastern University School of Law in 1990, and is currently a magistrate judge in Anchorage.

Douglas C. Perkins:  Mr. Perkins has been an Alaska resident for 42½ years, and has practiced law for 32 years. He graduated from the University of Puget Sound School of Law in 1986, and is currently in private practice in Anchorage.

Peter Ramgren:  Magistrate Judge Ramgren has been an Alaska resident for 16½ years, and has practiced law for 21 years. He graduated from Northeastern University School of Law in 1997, and is currently a magistrate judge in Anchorage.

Michael R. Smith: Magistrate Judge Smith has been an Alaska resident for 29 years, and has practiced law for 29 years. He graduated from the University of Oregon School of Law in 1989, and is currently a magistrate judge in Anchorage.

Shawn Traini:  Mr. Traini has been an Alaska resident for 33 years, and has practiced law for 19½ years. He graduated from the University of Utah, S.J. Quinney College of Law, in 1999, and is currently an assistant district attorney in Palmer.

Applicants for Fairbanks Superior Court (2 positions):

Brent Bennett:  Mr. Bennett has been an Alaska resident for 12½ years, and has practiced law for 12½ years. He graduated from the University of Cincinnati College of Law in 2006, and is currently the supervising attorney of the Office of Public Advocacy, Fairbanks Defense Section.

JB Brainerd:  Mr. Brainerd has been an Alaska resident for 13½ years, and has practiced law for 17½ years. He graduated from Golden Gate University School of Law in 1999, and is currently the supervising attorney of the Office of Public Advocacy, Conflict Counsel, Fairbanks Section.

Earl Adrian Peterson: Magistrate Judge Peterson has been an Alaska resident for 8½ years, and has practiced law for 23 years. He graduated from Chicago Kent College of Law in 1995, and is currently a magistrate judge in Fairbanks.

David L. Roghair:  Magistrate Judge Roghair has been an Alaska resident for 23 years, and has practiced law for 12 years. He graduated from Lewis & Clark Law School in 2006, and is currently a magistrate judge in Utqiagvik.

Kirk Schwalm: Mr. Schwalm has been an Alaska resident for 42½ years, and has practiced law for 8 years. He graduated from Lewis & Clark Law School in 2010, and is currently in private practice in Fairbanks.

Amy J. Tallerico:  Ms. Tallerico has been an Alaska resident for 39 years, and has practiced law for 10½ years. She graduated from Thomas M. Cooley Law School in 2007, and is currently in private practice in Fairbanks.

Matthew A. Tallerico:  Mr. Tallerico has been an Alaska resident for 11½ years, and has practiced law for 9 years. He graduated from Thomas M. Cooley Law School in 2007, and is currently in private practice in Fairbanks.

John Foster Wallace: Mr. Wallace has been an Alaska resident for 37½ years, and has practiced law for 23½ years. He graduated from Northeastern University School of Law in 1991, and is currently in private practice in Fairbanks.

Applicants for Palmer Superior Court (2 positions), Kodiak Superior Court, Utqiagvik Superior Court (re-announcement), and Anchorage District Court:

Richard Kenneth Allen:  Mr. Allen has been an Alaska resident for 41 years, and has practiced law for 18½ years. He graduated from the University of Idaho College of Law in 2000, and is currently the district attorney in Anchorage.

Erin White Bradley:  Ms. Bradley has been an Alaska resident for 22 years, and has practiced law for 26 years. She graduated from the University of New Mexico School of Law in 1990, and is currently a municipal prosecutor in Anchorage.

John C. Cagle:  Mr. Cagle has been an Alaska resident for 8 years, and has practiced law for 14 years. He graduated from Gonzaga University School of Law in 2003, and is currently an Assistant Attorney General, Director of the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit in Anchorage.

Robert J. Campbell:  Mr. Campbell has been an Alaska resident for 41½ years, and has practiced law for 11½ years. He received an Honours Law Degree from University of Strathclyde in 2005, and a Masters Degree in American Law from Boston University in 2006. He is currently in private practice in Utqiagvik.

Samantha Cherot:  Ms. Cherot has been an Alaska resident for 31½ years, and has practiced law for 11 years. She graduated from California Western School of Law in 2007, and is currently an assistant public defender in Anchorage.

Craig S. Condie:  Magistrate Judge Condie has been an Alaska resident for 14 years, and has practiced law for 14 years. He graduated from the University of Utah School of Law in 2004, and is currently a magistrate judge in Palmer.

Elizabeth W. Fleming:  Ms. Fleming has been an Alaska resident for 10 years, and has practiced law for 37 years. She graduated from the University of Georgia School of Law in 1981, and is currently in private practice in Kodiak.     

Serena Green:  Ms. Green has been an Alaska resident for 31 years, and has practiced law for 13 years. She graduated from the University of California at Berkeley School of Law in 2005, and is currently Associate General Counsel for IBEW Local 1547 in Anchorage.

Doug Kossler:  Judge Kossler has been an Alaska resident for 24½ years, and has practiced law for 23 years. He graduated from Temple University School of Law in 1994, and is currently a pro tem judge in Anchorage.

Tara Logsdon:  Magistrate Judge Tara Logsdon has been an Alaska resident for 22½ years, and has practiced law for 22 years. She graduated from Regent University School of Law in 1996, and is currently a magistrate judge in Palmer.

Donna J. McCready:  Magistrate Judge McCready has been an Alaska resident for 27 years, and has practiced law for 27 years. She graduated from Northeastern University School of Law in 1990, and is currently a magistrate judge in Anchorage.

Erin M. McCrum:  Mr. McCrum has been an Alaska resident for 18 years, and has practiced law for 18 years. He graduated from Regent University School of Law in 2000, and is currently a municipal prosecutor in Anchorage.

Jack McKenna:  Mr. McKenna has been an Alaska resident for 9½ years, and has practiced law for 11 years. He graduated from the University of California, Davis, in 2007, and is currently in private practice in Anchorage.

David A. Nesbett:  Mr. Nesbett has been an Alaska resident for 46½ years, and has practiced law for 20 years. He graduated from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, in 1998, and is currently in private practice in Anchorage.       

Andrew Ott:  Mr. Ott has been an Alaska resident for 29 years and has practiced law for 28 years. He graduated from Seattle University School of Law in 1989, and is currently in private practice in Kodiak.

Douglas C. Perkins:  Mr. Perkins has been an Alaska resident for 42 years, and has practiced law for 32 years. He graduated from the University of Puget Sound School of Law in 1986, and is currently in private practice in Anchorage.

Peter R. Ramgren:  Magistrate Judge Ramgren has been an Alaska resident for 16 years, and has practiced law for 20½ years. He graduated from Northeastern University School of Law in 1997, and is currently a magistrate judge in Anchorage.

Christina Rankin:  Ms. Rankin has been an Alaska resident for 16 years, and has practiced law for 16 years. She graduated from Syracuse University College of Law in 2002, and is currently in private practice in Anchorage.

David L. Roghair:  Magistrate Judge Roghair has been an Alaska resident for 23 years, and has practiced law for 12 years. He graduated from Lewis & Clark Law School in 2006, and is currently a magistrate judge in Utqiagvik.

Daniel Schally:  Judge Schally has been an Alaska resident for 21 years, and has practiced law for 21 years. He graduated from the University of Minnesota Law School in 1997, and is currently the district court judge in Valdez.

Nicholas Spiropoulos:  Mr. Spiropoulos has been an Alaska resident for 19 years, and has practiced law for 21 years. He graduated from Chicago-Kent College of Law in 1997, and is currently the Matanuska-Susitna Borough Attorney in Palmer.

Kristen C. Stohler:  Ms. Stohler has been an Alaska resident for 12½ years, and has practiced law for 12 years. She graduated from Vermont Law School in 2006, and is currently in private practice in Palmer.

Dianne Andrea Thoben:  Ms. Thoben has been an Alaska resident for 12 years, and has practiced law for 12 years. She graduated from State University of New York at Buffalo Law School in 2006, and is currently an assistant public defender in Palmer.

Shawn Traini:  Mr. Traini has been an Alaska resident for 33 years, and has practiced law for 19 years. He graduated from the University of Utah College of Law in 1999, and is currently an assistant district attorney in Palmer.

Nelson Traverso:  Mr. Traverso has been an Alaska resident for 36 years, and has practiced law for 35 years. He graduated from Northeastern University School of Law in 1981, and is currently in private practice in Fairbanks.

Stephen B. Wallace:  Mr. Wallace has been an Alaska resident for 36 years, and has practiced law for 29 years. He graduated from the University of Oregon School of Law in 1988, and is currently the district attorney in Bethel.

Andrew Weinraub:  Mr. Weinraub has been an Alaska resident for 10 years, and has practiced law for 22 years. He graduated from University of Akron School of Law 1991, and is currently an assistant public advocate in Palmer.

Dawson Williams:  Magistrate Judge Dawson Williams has been an Alaska resident for 13½ years, and has practiced law for 13 years. He graduated from the University of Michigan Law School in 2005, and is currently a magistrate judge in Kodiak.

Melissa Wininger-Howard:  Ms. Wininger-Howard has been an Alaska resident for 29 years, and has practiced law for 10 years. She graduated from the Seattle University School of Law in 2008, and is currently an assistant district attorney in Palmer.

Jill C. Wittenbrader:  Ms. Wittenbrader has been an Alaska resident for 26½ years, and has practiced law for 26½ years. She graduated from Lewis and Clark, Northwestern School of Law, in 1991, and is currently in private practice in Kodiak.