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Seven vie for Superior Court judge's job

Candidates will be evaluated by Alaska Judicial Council

Posted: Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Seven candidates have applied for the position held by Juneau Superior Court Judge Larry Weeks, who plans to retire this month after 17 years of service.

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The Alaska Judicial Council will interview candidates July 13 and 14 and recommend at least two nominees.

"We'll nominate the most qualified to the governor at that time," council Executive Director Larry Cohen said Monday.

Gov. Sarah Palin will have 45 days to choose the new judge. There were 10 initial applicants; three of them withdrew their names later in the process.

The council released the following information about the candidates:

• Susan Cox: Cox, 50, has been an Alaska resident for 24½ years and has practiced law for 24 years. She graduated from King Hall School of Law at the University of California, Davis, in 1982. She's an assistant attorney general in Juneau.

• Keith Levy: Levy, 50, has been an Alaska resident for 20 years and has practiced law for 24 years. He graduated from the Santa Clara University Law School in 1982. He's a district court judge in Juneau.

• Leslie Longenbaugh: Longenbaugh, 48, has been an Alaska resident for 43 years and has practiced law for 20 years. She graduated from Hastings College of the Law at the University of California San Francisco in 1986. She's in private practice in Juneau.

• Robert Meachum: Meachum, 52, has been an Alaska resident for 28 years and has practiced law for 21 years. He graduated from the Northeastern University School of Law in 1981 and is an assistant public defender in Juneau.

• Philip Pallenberg: Pallenberg, 45, has been an Alaska resident for 23½ years and has practiced law for 23 years. He graduated from the University of Washington Law School in 1983. He's a part-time U.S. magistrate judge in Juneau and has a private practice.

• Anthony Sholty: Sholty, 56, has been an Alaska resident for 31 years and practiced law for 30½ years. He graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles, in 1976 and is in private practice in Juneau.

• Terry Thurbon: Thurbon, 49, has been an Alaska resident for 16 years and has practiced law for 20 years. She graduated from the McGeorge School of Law at the University of the Pacific in 1986 and is the chief administrative law judge for the state, in Juneau.

These applicants withdrew from consideration: Stephen West, Sheldon Winters and Kathleen Frederick.

• Ken Lewis can be reached at ken.lewis@juneauempire.com or523-2263.



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