Alaska

75 ABA Journal Alaska articles.

Lowest bar pass rate for California in 67 years; other states see drop, too
Only 40.7 percent of the people who took the California July 2018 bar exam passed, according to a state bar news release.
Alaska governor to propose legislation after offender receives lenient plea deal for sex crime

Alaska Gov. Bill Walker says he plans to propose legislation that would make unwanted contact with semen a sex crime following an outcry over a plea deal for a man…

Miguel Willis: Bringing law to the last frontier
Miguel Willis is only 29, and he’s already created his own job—twice.
Army reverses discharge of immigrant soldier at center of media coverage
The U.S. Army has reversed its discharge of a Brazilian-born recruit after his ouster garnered widespread media coverage.
It’s difficult to describe lawyers’ situations in Puerto Rico, but hurricane damage was ‘extreme’
The impact of the hurricanes over the island was not uniform, with some areas suffering extreme devastation. There was greater havoc in the eastern and central parts of the island, so many lawyers in those communities are still without power in their offices.
States featuring bipartisan support rally for criminal justice reform
Louisiana is part of a nationwide movement toward justice reinvestment—policies aimed at simultaneously reducing crime and reining in corrections spending, while still holding offenders accountable. Gelb calls those goals “our holy trinity.”
Legal aid agency serving the Navajo Nation to close 3 offices

A legal aid office serving a heavily Navajo clientele is shutting three of its nine offices for financial reasons, the Santa Fe New Mexican reported Thursday.

DNA-People’s Legal Services…

Alaska law tells divorce judges to consider well-being of pets

An Alaska law that took effect this month requires divorce court judges to consider the well-being of pets when making decisions about which spouse gets to keep the animals.

The…

Lawyers may not use ‘web bugs’ to track email sent to opposing counsel, ethics opinion says
Lawyers should not plant “web bugs” to track the location and use of emails sent to opposing counsel, according to an Alaska ethics opinion.

Species may be called endangered based on projected climate change, 9th Circuit rules

Federal agencies may classify species as threatened based on projected habitat loss due to climate change, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Monday.

The ruling came in a…

Supreme Court gives moose hunter another chance in battle over conflicting hovercraft regulations

The U.S. Supreme Court has vacated a federal appeals court decision finding the National Park Service had the authority to ban hovercraft on Alaska’s Nation River.

The San Francisco-based 9th…

Former prosecutor guilty in Alaska’s largest money laundering conviction

A former municipal prosecutor in Anchorage has been convicted of defrauding a widow out of $52 million, KTUU reported Tuesday.

A federal jury found Mark Avery, 57, guilty…

2nd trial begins for ex-prosecutor accused of siphoning $52M from elderly woman’s trust

A former prosecutor who took over a lucrative trust practice from his father’s estate is now facing a second trial in one of the biggest alleged frauds in Alaska history.

‘Fairbanks Four’ freed in teenager’s 1997 murder

An Alaska state court judge has vacated the convictions of four men in the 1997 murder of a Fairbanks teenager.

Three of the four men, known as the “Fairbanks Four,”…

Censure is recommended for apologetic judge who remarked on ‘temptresses’ who are ‘asking for it’

The Alaska Commission on Judicial Conduct has recommended a public censure for a judge who apologized for inappropriate comments and said he has “quit going off script.”

The commission made…

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