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District Court Judge
Peter B. Froehlich, First Judicial District



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DATE OF BIRTH: June 1, 1947
PLACE OF BIRTH: Minneapolis, Minnesota
SPOUSE: Elsa Demeksa
CHILDREN: Kaleb (16), Ephraim (12)
RESIDENCE ADDRESS: Juneau, Alaska
MAILING ADDRESS:
PO Box 114100
Juneau, Alaska 99811
OCCUPATION: District Court Judge
LENGTH OF RESIDENCY
IN ALASKA:
28 years

Juneau: 1974-present, 1973-74
Ketchikan: summer 1974
Anchorage, Hope, Kodiak: 1970-73

EDUCATION:
High School: De La Salle, Minneapolis, MN, 1961-65. Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI, 1965-69, B.S. Willamette University, Salem, OR, 1973-75, J.D.

POLITICAL AND GOVERNMENT POSITIONS:
Assistant Attorney General: 1982-89, 1976-79. Counsel, House Judiciary Committee, 1981. Analyst, House Research Agency, 1980. Summer Intern, Ketchikan District Attorney's Office, 1974.

BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONAL POSITIONS:
Alaska and Juneau Bar Associations, 1976-present. Faculty Moderator, National Judicial College, 1997. Jury Subcommittee to Fairness and Access Committee, 1996-97. Conference of Alaska Judges, 1990-94: President, Board Member. Alaska Bar Association Ethics Committee, 1991-94. Code Revision Commission, 1986-90.

SERVICE ORGANIZATION(S) MEMBERSHIP:
ALSC Pro Bono Program, 1985-89. United Way of Southeast, 1982-89. Big Brothers and Big Sisters, 1981-85: President, Board Member.

SPECIAL INTERESTS:
Family, sports, coaching, fishing, outdoor activities generally

OTHER:
Five courses at the National Judicial College (8 weeks total). Summer school at University of Washington Law School (1974). Graduate courses at the University of Alaska, Anchorage (1972).


STATEMENT:

It has been a great honor to serve the people of Juneau and northern Southeast Alaska as their District Court Judge for the past nine years. It is a huge responsibility, but one that I consider a privilege to undertake. When I was sworn in on August 1, 1989, I promised to do the very best that I could as a judge. I have done that, and I now renew that commitment. I will continue to do all that I can to be fair and courteous to everyone that comes before me.

I have tried to improve the fairness and efficiency of our judicial process. I have worked to facilitate communication and cooperation among the various people and agencies involved, especially with criminal cases and young people. For example, in 1995, we started an "After School Court" to deal with teenage drinkers and smokers in a serious and rehabilitation-oriented manner.

We have certainly seen significant progress and improvements; but there is always room for more. I hope to continue working to improve our legal system and our communities, while also preserving the rights and dignity of individual litigants in each case.


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