The Alaska Judicial Council met in Valdez on November 8th to interview applicants for position on the Valdez Superior Court. Following its meeting, the Council announced that Rachel Ahrens, Craig S. Condie, and David L. Roghair were nominated as the most qualified applicants to fill the Valdez Superior Court vacancy. The Governor now has 45 days to in which to make the appointments from among these nominees.
The Judicial Council is required to nominate the most qualified applicants applying for a judicial vacancy. (The framers of our Constitution referred to this standard as the “best available timber.”)
The Council is a citizens’ commission created by the Alaska Constitution composed of three attorneys, three non-attorneys, and the Chief Justice of the Alaska Supreme Court. The Council completes an extensive investigation and evaluation of judicial applicants. The Council reviews each applicant’s education, experience, bar discipline and credit records, participation in community activities, and other records. It asks every member of the Alaska Bar to evaluate the applicant, encourages the public to submit comments, and interviews the applicant.
Rachel Ahrens: Ms. Ahrens has been an Alaska resident for 12 years, and has practiced law for 13 years. She graduated from Hamline University School of Law in 2003, and is currently an assistant district attorney in Kotzebue.
Craig S. Condie: Magistrate Judge Condie has been an Alaska resident for 15 years, and has practiced law for 15 years. He graduated from the University of Utah School of Law in 2004, and is currently a magistrate judge in Palmer.
David L. Roghair: Magistrate Judge Roghair has been an Alaska resident for 23½ years, and has practiced law for 13 years. He graduated from Lewis & Clark Law School in Oregon in 2006, and is currently a magistrate judge in Utqiagvik.
CLICK HERE for full announcement of nominees which includes information for Homer, Kenai, and Palmer.