DISTRICT COURT JUDGE
JAMES NILES WANAMAKER, THIRD JUDICIAL DISTRICT



DATE OF BIRTH: June 2, 1935
PLACE OF BIRTH: Seattle, Washington
CHILDREN:
Cathy (34), Anchorage; Jimmy (34), Anchorage; Caroline (32), Seattle; John (27), Anchorage
RESIDENCE ADDRESS: Anchorage, Alaska
MAILING ADDRESS:
825 West 4th Avenue
Anchorage, AK 99501
OCCUPATION: District Court Judge
LENGTH OF RESIDENCY
IN ALASKA:
36 years
Juneau: 1960-62
Anchorage: 1962-present

EDUCATION:
High School: Roosevelt High School, Seattle, WA, 1950-53
University: University of Washington, Seattle, WA, 1953-56, B.A.
Post Graduate: University of Washington School of Law, Seattle, WA, 1956-59, L.L.B.

MILITARY SERVICE:
U.S. Army, Artillery, 1959-60, Lieutenant; Alaska National Guard, 1960-66, Lieutenant

POLITICAL AND GOVERNMENT POSITIONS:
District Court Judge, Anchorage, 1993-present; Assistant Attorney General, Anchorage, 1989-93; District Attorney, Anchorage, 1964-65; Assistant District Attorney, Anchorage, 1962-64; Assistant Attorney General, Juneau, 1960-62

BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONAL POSITIONS:
25 years private practice of law in Anchorage; past President of Anchorage Bar Association; Member, Anchorage Charter Commission; past Member, State Board of Education; past Member, Anchorage Public Transit Commission

SPECIAL INTERESTS:
Fishing, river rafting, travel, family activities, reading


POSITION STATEMENT:

It has been an honor to serve as a District Court Judge for these past three years.

I am deeply gratified by the endorsement of the Alaska Judicial Council, the Alaska Bar Association, the Alaska Peace Officers, the Court employees, the jurors who have served on cases before me, and of the Court Watch personnel who have sat through countless proceedings in my courtroom.

I have imposed well over 1,000 criminal sentences. In doing so, I consider many factors, including protecting the public and deterring the defendant from further crime. I have contributed new procedures and forms designed to make court proceedings more efficient and effective. My belief is that Judges should be able to focus on the facts at hand and not have to be preoccupied with the mechanics.

In every case, I listen, ask questions, gather all the facts and then do my very best to decide quickly and fairly. I also take the time to explain to the parties how I arrived at my decision. I have found that this promotes understanding and acceptance.

I will continue to uphold my promise to the office as well as to the people of Alaska that I will administer justice fairly and impartially to the best of my ability.

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