Alaska judges can't speak to interest groups

Posted: Wednesday, August 16, 2000

The Empire reprinted an editorial on July 28 that originally appeared in the Washington Post. That editorial condemned judges for being guests at seminars put on by special interest groups. Your readers should know that state law prohibits judges in Alaska from being guests at seminars put on by special interest groups. In addition, the Alaska Council on Judicial Conduct has warned Alaska judges that disciplinary action can result from such attendance.

Alaska judges are required to attend the National Judicial College after the governor appoints them to the bench. Thereafter, judges may attend the National Judicial College once every four years.

Inside Alaska, all judges attend an annual conference where updates on the law and emerging issues are presented. This years conference was in Anchorage. Next years conference will be in Ketchikan.

Neil Nesheim

Area Court Administrator, First Judicial District

Juneau



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