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Council picks pair of finalists for Juneau judicial post

Parnell will choose either Levy or Menendez to fill seat opening in June

Posted: April 4, 2011 - 5:07pm

The Alaska Judicial Council selected Juneau District Court Judge Keith Levy and Juneau attorney Louis Menendez on Monday as finalists to fill the Juneau Superior Court seat currently held by Patricia A. Collins.
Gov. Sean Parnell will have 45 days after receiving the nominee materials from the council to make a final decision. Collins is scheduled to retire in June.
The AJC met with the applicants in private interviews Monday morning and then heard public testimony hosted by the council member Chief Justice Walter Carpeneti in Courtroom A of the Dimond Court house at noon. The council also held a closed meeting with Superior Court Judge Philip M. Pallenberg concerning applicants Levy, Menendez, and United States Magistrate Leslie Longenbaugh before making a decision.
In the public forum, Carpeneti noted a statement from Collins, who could not attend, that all the applicants were suitable candidates for her position.
Members of the council attending included Juneau attorney Julie Willoughby, Anchorage attorney James Cannon, Valdez public member Don Haase, Anchorage public member William Clarke, and council executive director Larry Cohn.
Anchorage attorney Kevin Fitzgerald and public member Kathleen Tompkins-Miller were not available.

• Contact reporter Klas Stolpe at 523-2263 or at klas.stolpe@juneauempire.com.

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