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|DATE OF BIRTH:||November 12, 1943|
|PLACE OF BIRTH:||Seattle, Washington|
|CHILDREN:||Carol (23), John (18)|
|RESIDENCE ADDRESS:||Anchorage, Alaska|
303 K Street #500
Anchorage, Alaska 99501
|LENGTH OF RESIDENCY
IN ALASKA: 52 years
High School: Juneau-Douglas, 1957-61. Yale University, 1961-65, B.A. University of Michigan Law School, 1965-68, J.D.
Alaska National Guard, 1968-75, Captain
POLITICAL AND GOVERNMENT POSITIONS:
Assistant Attorney General, 1968-69. Assistant District Attorney, 1969-72.
BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONAL POSITIONS:
Private Law Practice, Anchorage, 1972-94
SERVICE ORGANIZATION(S) MEMBERSHIP:
Alaska and American Bar Associations, American Judicature Society, Alaska Appellate Rules Committee. Co-Chair, Alaska Court System Fairness and Access Implementation Committee. Ninth Circuit Advisory Committee on Rules of Practice and Internal Operating Procedures, 1983-92. Former Officer or Director: Alyeska Ski Club, Alaska Ski Educational Foundation, U.S. Ski Association (Alaska).
Skiing, reading, running, photography
It has been my privilege to sit on the Alaska Supreme Court
since April 18, 1994. The work is challenging and exciting
because there is always more to learn about the law and the
people it affects. Each case presents its own story and issues.
Many involve wrenching facts and conflicting legal propositions.
Few are easy to decide, and all require rigorous analysis and
research. Opinion writing is time consuming, but essential,
because the court's published decisions are legal precedent.
Much of my time is also spent deciding motions and petitions and helping administer the judicial branch of government. Even before joining the court, I served on state and federal committees to improve appellate procedures. I have since helped the court adopt ways to resolve child custody appeals much faster, and to reduce our backlog of undecided appeals. I have urged rule changes encouraging settlement or mediation to save appellate parties time, trouble, and money. I am co-chair of the committee charged with improving fairness and access in Alaska's courts for all people and have chaired committees dealing with discriminatory harassment and judicial education.
In all aspects of my work, I have tried to discharge my responsibilities impartially, fairly, and diligently, with respect for the parties and the law, tempering logic with humility and humanity. I will do so as long as I hold office.
ALASKA JUDICIAL COUNCIL