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Eight local attorneys apply to be next Juneau District Court judge

Posted: Sunday, August 15, 2004

Eight local attorneys applied before last week's deadline to follow Peter B. Froehlich as Juneau's District Court judge.

Froehlich will retire at the beginning of 2005 after more than 15 years in the post. The Alaska Judicial Council reviews applications, and the governor appoints judges from its list of qualified applicants.

The council will select two or more nominees to recommend to the governor, said Executive Director Larry Cohn.

Half of the applicants for the job work in the state attorney general's office. Senior assistants Dan Branch and Stacie Kraly are joined on the list by assistants Brad J. Brinkman and Keith B. Levy.

Two applicants appear in front of Froehlich as prosecutors. James E. Douglas prosecutes cases for the city in District Court. Doug Gardner, an assistant district attorney, prosecutes felony cases, which often have their first hearings before Froehlich.

Also applying is Philip M. Pallenberg, an attorney in private practice who represents clients in civil and criminal cases in Juneau's courts. He also serves as the part-time magistrate in U.S. District Court in Juneau.

Attorney Andy Hemenway works for the state as a hearing officer.

Applicants will be evaluated by the council's seven members. Cohn said the evaluations will include background investigations, personal interviews and a survey of Alaska Bar members.

Bar survey results will be make public in late October, Cohn said. The council will meet in early December to interview the candidates, and public hearings will be held at that time.

Once appointed, judges are subject to periodic review by voters.



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