Seven apply for Alaska Supreme Court vacancy

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The Alaska Judicial Council has released the names of the seven applicants for the vacancy on the Alaska Supreme Court. Interviews of the applicants will take place in May, 2021 by the council’s seven-member body, made up of the Chief Justice, who is the one being replaced, three lawyers, and three members of the public. The council will send two or more names to the governor, and by law, he must choose from those names within 45 days of receiving them.

The applicants are:

Dani Crosby, a Superior Court judge in Anchorage and Alaska resident for over 24 years.

Jennifer Stuart Henderson, a Superior Court judge in Anchorage and Alaska resident for over 17 years.

Yvonne Lamoureux, a Superior Court judge in Anchorage and Alaska resident for over 17 years.

Margaret Paton-Walsh: An attorney with the Department of Law and Alaska resident for over 16 years.

Paul Roetman, a Superior Court judge in Kotzebue and resident of Alaska for over 48 years.

Ben Whipple, a private practice lawyer in Palmer and resident of Alaska for over 27 years.

Jonathan Woodman, a Superior Court judge in Palmer and resident of Alaska for over 21 years.

The vacancy has arisen with the announced retirement of Chief Justice Joel Bolger on June 30, 2021. Bolger’s replacement will be Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s second nominee to the five-member Alaska Supreme Court, but in reality, he has limited say, since the Judicial Council controls the process.

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