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Summary of Applicants for Judgeships 7/12/2019:

 

The Applicants: 

 

Rachel Ahrens: Ms. Ahrens has been an Alaska resident for 12 years, and has practiced law for 13 years. She graduated from Hamline University School of Law in 2003, and is currently an assistant district attorney in Kotzebue.

 

Amanda Browning: Magistrate Judge Browning has been an Alaska resident for 7½ years, and has practiced law for 14 years. She graduated from Roger Williams University, Ralph R. Pappito School of Law, in 2005, and is currently a magistrate judge in Sitka.

 

Craig S. Condie: Magistrate Judge Condie has been an Alaska resident for 15 years, and has practiced law for 15 years. He graduated from the University of Utah School of Law in 2004, and is currently a magistrate judge in Palmer. 

 

Martin C. Fallon: Magistrate Judge Fallon has been an Alaska resident for 11 ½ years, and has practiced law for 19 ½ years. He graduated from Northeastern University School of Law in 1998, and is currently a magistrate judge in Kenai.

 

Andrew V. Grannik: Mr. Grannik has been an Alaska resident for 25 years, and has practiced law for 13 ½ years. He graduated from Northeastern University School of Law in 2004, and is currently an assistant attorney general in Anchorage. 

 

Michelle D. Higuchi: Ms. Higuchi has been an Alaska resident for 20 years, and has practiced law for 20½ years. She graduated from Willamette University College of Law in Oregon in 1998, and is not currently employed.

 

Jürgen Jensen: Mr. Jensen has been an Alaska resident for 27½ years, and has practiced law for 11½ years. He graduated from Willamette University College of Law in 2007, and is currently in private practice in Homer. 

 

Lars Johnson: Mr. Johnson has been an Alaska resident for 10 years, and has practiced law for 10 years. He graduated from New York University School of Law in 2009, and is currently an assistant attorney general in Anchorage.

 

Ariel Toft Klugman: Ms. Klugman has been an Alaska resident for 7 years, and has practiced law for 7 years. She graduated from Columbia Law School in New York in 2012, and is currently an assistant public advocate in Anchorage.

 

Kelly J. Lawson: Ms. Lawson has been an Alaska resident for 42½ years, and has practiced law for 15½ years. She graduated from University of Montana School of Law in 2002, and is currently an assistant attorney general in Kenai.

 

Russell G. Leavitt: Mr. Leavitt has been an Alaska resident for 8 ½ years, and has practiced law for 20½ years. He graduated from the University of Texas School of Law in 1997, and is currently a supervisory general attorney with the United States Air Force, 673rd Air Base Wing, at JBER in Anchorage.

 

David L. Roghair: Magistrate Judge Roghair has been an Alaska resident for 23½ years, and has practiced law for 13 years. He graduated from Lewis & Clark Law School in Oregon in 2006, and is currently a magistrate judge in Utqiagvik.

 

Trina Sears: Ms. Sears has been an Alaska resident for 41½ years, and has practiced law for 15½ years. She graduated from Northeastern University School of Law in Massachusetts in 2003, and is currently an assistant municipal attorney with the Matanuska-Susitna Borough in Palmer.

 

Bride Seifert: Ms. Seifert has been an Alaska resident for 8 years, and has practiced law for 9½ years. She graduated from the William Mitchell College of Law in Minnesota in 2010, and is currently an assistant district attorney in Bethel and Kotzebue.

 

Gary Soberay: Mr. Soberay has been an Alaska resident for 19 years, and has practiced law for 28½ years. He graduated from the University of Florida College of Law in 1990, and is not currently employed.

 

Colin A. Strickland: Mr. Strickland has been an Alaska resident for 5 years, and has practiced law for 8½ years. He graduated from the University of Florida, Levin College of Law, in 2010, and is currently GEICO Staff Counsel at the Law Office of John R. Dean, in Anchorage. 

 

William W. Taylor: Mr. Taylor has been an Alaska resident for 12 years, and has practiced law for 23 years. He graduated from Ohio Northern University, Claude W. Pettit College of Law in 1995 and received an LL.M. in tax from the Capital University Law School in Ohio in 1996. He is currently an assistant public advocate in Kenai.

 

Nicholas Richard Torres: Mr. Torres has been an Alaska resident for 7 years, and has practiced law for 5½ years. He graduated from Ohio State University, Moritz College of Law in 2011, and is currently an assistant district attorney in Kenai.

 

Shawn Traini: Mr. Traini has been an Alaska resident for 33½ years, and has practiced law for 20 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. 

 

Andrew Weinraub: Mr. Weinraub has been an Alaska resident for 10 years, and has practiced law for 22½ years. He graduated from the University of Akron School of Law in Ohio in 1991, and is currently an assistant public advocate in Palmer.

 

Lance Christian Wells: Mr. Wells has been an Alaska resident for 28 years, and has practiced law for 27 years. He graduated from the Detroit College of Law in 1991. He is currently a self-employed attorney in Anchorage.

Applicants for Public Defender:

Linda R. Beecher: Ms. Beecher has been an Alaska resident for 35 years, and has practiced law for 36 years. She graduated from UCLA School of Law in 1982, and is currently the Deputy Public Defender for the Civil Division of the Public Defender Agency in Anchorage.

 

Laurel Bennett: Ms. Bennett has been an Alaska resident for 22 years, and has practiced law for 22 years. She graduated from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1996, and is currently an assistant public defender in Palmer.

 

Kevin Boots: Mr. Boots has been an Alaska resident for 34 years, and has practiced law for 8½ years. He graduated from the University of Oregon, School of Law in 2009, and is currently an assistant public defender in Anchorage.

 

Samantha Cherot: Ms. Cherot has been an Alaska resident for 32 years, and has practiced law for 11½ years. She graduated from California Western School of Law in 2007, and is currently an assistant public defender in Anchorage.

 

Beth Goldstein: Ms. Goldstein has been an Alaska resident for 12½ years, and has practiced law for 25½ years. She graduated from the University of New Hampshire School of Law in 1993, and is currently the Acting Public Defender for Alaska in Anchorage.

 

Dan Lowery: Mr. Lowery has been an Alaska resident for 51 years, and has practiced law for 25 years. He graduated from the University of Cincinnati College of Law in 1993, and is currently an assistant public defender and supervisor in Anchorage.

 

Renee McFarland: Ms. McFarland has been an Alaska resident for 18 years, and has practiced law for 17 years. She graduated from Harvard Law School in 2001, and is currently an assistant public defender in Anchorage.

 

Julia D. Moudy: Ms. Moudy has been an Alaska resident for 43 years, and has practiced law for 24½ years. She graduated from Gonzaga University School of Law in 1994, and is currently an assistant public defender and training director in Anchorage.

 

Ben Muse: Mr. Muse has been an Alaska resident for 37 years, and has practiced law for 8½ years. He graduated from Gonzaga University School of Law in 2010, and is currently an assistant public defender in Anchorage.

 

Regan Williams: Mr. Williams has been an Alaska resident for 13 years, and has practiced law for 17 years. He graduated from Southern Methodist University School of Law in 2002, and is currently an assistant public defender and supervisor in Anchorage.

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.

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