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|DATE OF BIRTH:||April 3, 1950|
|PLACE OF BIRTH:||Brooklyn, New York|
825 West 4th Avenue
Anchorage, Alaska 99501
|OCCUPATION:||District Court Judge|
LENGTH OF RESIDENCY
IN ALASKA: 18 years
Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn, 1967-71, B.S. Chemistry. Brooklyn Law School, 1972-76, J.D.
POLITICAL AND GOVERNMENT POSITIONS:
District Court Judge, 1991-present. Assistant District Attorney, New York County, NY, 1977-80.
BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONAL POSITIONS:
Private Civil Practice of Law, Anchorage, 11 years (including Law Office of Gregory J. Motyka, 1990-91; and Thwaites & Motyka, 1986-89)
SERVICE ORGANIZATION(S) MEMBERSHIP:
Alaska and Anchorage Bar Associations
Woodworking, golf, gardening, raising and showing St. Bernards
Prior to taking the bench in 1991, I spent most of my
professional life as either a prosecutor or a trial
attorney. For the past seven years I have had the honor
of serving the people of the State of Alaska as a district
court judge. The job is challenging, personally satisfying
and frustrating - usually all at the same time. I meet
people from all walks of life on a daily basis. I strive
to treat all who appear before me with courtesy and respect
and to be fair and impartial in my decisions.
With the remaining space available to me here, I'd like to invite each of you to come into the courts to observe how our justice system operates. When I was an Assistant District Attorney in Manhattan back in the 70's, it was commonplace to have several observers sitting in the gallery area of the courtroom. Here in Alaska, it has been my experience that, with the exception of CourtWatch which reports to the public as a public service, the general public rarely comes to court to see for themselves how the justice system works. Instead, we Alaskans tend to rely on the news media to tell us what happens in court.
Court proceedings are generally open to the public. I encourage you to take advantage of the opportunity to see for yourself how the criminal and civil justice system works.
ALASKA JUDICIAL COUNCIL