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Eight apply for Supreme Court vacancy

Eight attorneys have applied to the Alaska Judicial Council for an upcoming vacant position on the Alaska Supreme Court and three applied for the Palmer District Court, the Alaska Judicial Council announced today.

The Supreme Court applicants are:

Dario Borghesan: Borghesan has been an Alaska resident for 11-1/2 years, and has practiced law for 9-1/2 years. He graduated from the University of Michigan Law School in 2008, and is currently a chief assistant attorney general in Anchorage.

Dani Crosby: Judge Crosby has been an Alaska resident for 33 years, and has practiced law for 23-1/2 years. She graduated from Gonzaga University School of Law in 1996, and is a superior court judge in Anchorage.

Kate Demarest: Demarest has been an Alaska resident for 9-1/2 years, and has practiced law for 11-1/2 years. She graduated from University of Minnesota Law School in 2008, and is currently a senior assistant attorney general in Anchorage.

Jennifer Stuart Henderson: Judge Henderson has been an Alaska resident for 16-1/2 years, and has practiced law for 16-1/2 years. She graduated from Yale Law School in 2001, and is currently a superior court judge in Anchorage.

Yvonne Lamoureux: Judge Lamoureux has been an Alaska resident for 15-1/2 years, and has practiced law for 16-1/2 years. She graduated from University of Virginia School of Law in 2003, and is currently a superior court judge in Anchorage.

Margaret Paton Walsh: Paton Walsh has been an Alaska resident for 15-1/2 years, and has practiced law for 14-1/2 years. She graduated from Harvard Law School in 2004, and is a chief assistant attorney general in Anchorage.

Paul A. Roetman: Judge Roetman has been an Alaska resident for 47-1/2 years, and has practiced law for 18 years. He graduated from Regent University School of Law in 1999, and is a superior court judge in Kotzebue.

Jonathan A. Woodman: Judge Woodman has been an Alaska resident for 20 years, and has practiced law for 26 years. He graduated from the Ohio State University College of Law in 1993, and is a superior court judge in Palmer.

The applicants for the Palmer District Court are:

Craig S. Condie: Magistrate Judge Condie has been an Alaska resident for 15-1/2 years, and has practiced law for 15-1/2 years. He graduated from the University of Utah School of Law in 2004, and is a magistrate judge in Palmer.
Tom V. Jamgochian: Jamgochian has been an Alaska resident for 15-1/2 years, and has practiced law for 14-1/2 years. He graduated from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law in 2004, and is an assistant district attorney in Nome.

Eric Senta: Senta has been an Alaska resident for 35-1/2 years, and has practiced law for 9-1/2 years. He graduated from University of Minnesota Law School in 2010, and is an assistant attorney general in Anchorage.

The applicants will be screened by the Council’s seven members (the chief justice, three non-attorney members, and three attorney members). A survey of Alaska Bar Association members, and personal interviews with the applicants are part of the evaluations, according to the Council’s Executive Director, Susanne DiPietro. Interviews with applicants and a public hearing will be held in May.

The Council will select two or more nominees for each vacancy to send to the governor. The governor will have 45 days to make appointments from the Council’s nominees.


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Suzanne Downing had careers in business and journalism before serving as the Director of Faith and Community-based Initiatives for Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and returning to Alaska to serve as speechwriter for Gov. Sean Parnell. Born on the Oregon coast, she moved to Alaska in 1969.

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  • Which means we’ll end up with more activist judges who will decide cases which always screws the common man in Alaska.🙄

  • I always hope that representatives from law enforcement will be included. Seems appropriate.

  • I knew we had councils that forwarded the names to the Governor, I did not realize people applied to the council’s for the nomination. We need to encourage conservatives to apply!

  • The Judicial Council will go out of its way to find the three most most Left-leaning candidates they can to forward to the Governor. I bet the two from Harvard and Yale are on the list. If there was a graduate of the University of Havana Law School, that person would be one of the choices.

  • Here’s a thought for the Governor: Have the candidates screened and evaluated by Alaska members of the Federalist Society.

  • Speaking from personal experience, Jonathan Woodman should not be considered for an appointment to the Alaska Supreme Court. He should not be a Judge either.

    Governor Dunleavy, you have my number. It would be a wise decision to heed my warning for the good of Alaska should Mr. Woodman make it through a selection process.

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