KETCHIKAN (KDN) — The Alaska Judicial Council has announced the names of the attorneys who have applied for judge positions in Ketchikan Superior Court.
Two Ketchikan Superior Court judges have announced their retirements.
Judge William B. Carey is retiring effective Feb. 28, according to Alaska Judicial Council information. The application period for Carey's position opened on Sept. 16 and closed on Oct. 22.
Three attorneys have applied to fill Carey's position. The applicants include Daniel Doty, Kristian B. Pickrell and Amanda M. Schulz.
Judge Trevor Stephen's retirement will be effective on May 31. The application period for Stephen's position opened in November, and closed on Dec. 30.
Five attorneys applied to fill Stephen's position. These include Katherine H. Lybrand and John M. Whiteside, in addition to Doty, Pickrell and Schulz.
"Applicants for the judgeships will be evaluated by the Council's seven members (the chief justice, three non-attorney members, and three attorney members)," stated an Alaska Judicial Council announcement published on Monday.
The evaluations include comprehensive background investigations, a survey of Alaska Bar members, and personal interviews with the applicants, according to the council's executive director, Susanne DiPietro.
The Judicial Council plans to hold the interviews for Judge Carey’s position, and a publichearing, on January 31, 2022 at the Ketchikan courthouse,” according to an email from Di Pietro to the Daily News. “After the public hearing, the Council will vote in public session to forward the names of the most qualified of the three applicants to Governor Dunleavy for appointment. The Council is required to forward at least 2 names to the Governor.”
The council plans to meet in May in Ketchikan to interview the applicants for Stephen's seat, and to hold a public hearing, according to DiPietro.
The Alaska Judicial Council announcement provided the following biographic information regarding the applicants:
• Daniel Doty has resided in Alaska for 14 1/2 years, and has practiced law for eight and a half years, according to the release. He graduated from the William and Mary Law School in 2013 and now serves as an assistant U.S. attorney in Fairbanks.
• Katherine Lybrand has resided in Alaska for 18 1/2 years and has practiced law for eight years. She graduated from the University of Maine Law School in 2013 and now serves as an assistant attorney general in Juneau, according to the information.
• Kristian Pickrell has been an Alaska resident for 23 1/2 years and has practiced law for 16 1/2 years. Pickrell, who currently works as an assistant district attorney in Ketchikan, graduated from Ohio State University Moritz College of Law in 2004.
• Amanda Schulz has resided in Alaska for 20 1/2 years, and has practiced law for 19 1/2 years, per the release. She graduated from the University of Idaho, College of Law in 2001. Schulz currently works as a magistrate judge in Ketchikan.
• John Whiteside, a resident of Alaska for 44 years, has practiced law for 44 years, according to the press release. Whiteside graduated from the Washburn University School of Law in 2004 and presently works as the staff attorney at Alaska Legal Services in Kenai.