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District Court Judge
Patricia A. Collins, First Judicial District



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DATE OF BIRTH: March 12, 1954
PLACE OF BIRTH: Camp LeJeune, North Carolina
OCCUPATION: District Court Judge
LENGTH OF RESIDENCY
IN ALASKA:
21 years

EDUCATION:
University of Virginia, 1976, B.A. Gonzaga University School of Law, 1982, J.D., magna cum laude.

POLITICAL AND GOVERNMENT POSITIONS:
District Court Judge, Ketchikan, 1995-present. United States Magistrate Judge, part-time: Ketchikan, 1995-present; Juneau, 1989-95.

BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONAL POSITIONS:
President, Alaska Conference of Judges, 1998. Adjunct Professor, University of Alaska Southeast, Juneau and Ketchikan, 1989-97. Attorney in private practice, 1982-95, except during service as Assistant Public Defender, Ketchikan, 1984-85.

SERVICE ORGANIZATION(S) MEMBERSHIP:
First City Rotary (Ketchikan), Alaska and Ketchikan Bar Associations, Court Fairness and Access Implementation Committee, National Association of Women Judges, High School Debate Judge, State-Federal Court Gender Equality Task Force, Judicial Education Planning and Mentorship Committee


STATEMENT:

The court is a place where people reasonably expect fair and courteous treatment. The court is also a place where people expect protection and enforcement of our federal and state laws and constitutions. Judges have a duty to insure public trust and confidence in the court system.

It has been my privilege to work as a judge for the people of Alaska. If retained, I will continue to work hard to improve our court system. I have learned that a judge has great power to affect lives and equally great responsibility to insure that power is never abused. I will do my best to be fair to all people that depend on the court system for justice.


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