Gov. Mike Dunleavy has announced three appointees to the Alaska Superior Court.
The new judges came from the short list of lawyers nominated by the Alaska Judicial Council. The governor, by law, must choose from a small list given to him by the council.
Ian Wheeles was appointed to Anchorage Superior Court. An Alaska resident for nearly 40 years, he has practiced law for 14 years. He is a graduate of the University of Idaho College of Law and is in private practice in Anchorage.
Kirk Schwalm was appointed to the Fairbanks Superior Court. He has been an Alaska resident for 46 years and practiced law for more than a decade. He graduated from Lewis and Clark Law School in 2010 and is in private practice in Fairbanks.
Katherine Lybrand was appointed to the Ketchikan Superior Court. She has been an Alaska resident for more than 18 years and practiced law for nearly a decade. She is a graduate of University of Maine School of Law in 2013 and is an assistant attorney general in Juneau.