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Exciting Opportunities in Law-Related Education for the 2014-2015 School Year

Each year, the Alaska Court System works with legal organizations and educational groups to foster law-related education in our state. The Alaska Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the Anchorage Bar Association and other groups offer excellent educational programs that help students better understand our legal system and the rights and responsibilities of citizenship. Whether you are an educator, parent or student, we hope you will explore these opportunities for civic engagement and learning, which include iCivics, Supreme Court LIVE, Color of Justice, Law Day, and the Alaska High School Mock Trial Championships.

You can check here for updates, or contact Mara Rabinowitz, Communications Counsel, Alaska Court System, for more information, at mrabinowitz@appellate.courts.state.ak.us or 907-264-0879. Thank you!


Color of Justice 2013

"Color of Justice – Alaska 2013 College & Career Program” was held at University of Alaska Anchorage on September 19. Anchorage District Court Judge Pamela Washington welcomed attendees. Students heard presentations by law school deans and admissions directors and had an opportunity to engage in a question and answer session. Students also participated in “MentorJet: A Speed Mentoring Experience” which gave them the opportunity meet and talk with volunteer mentors including Justice Joel Bolger, and attorneys Peter Boskofsky, Kirsten Kinegak-Friday, Mathiew Le, Lynda Limón, and Herman Walker.

Participants hear presentations from law school representatives.
Prof. Deb Periman, J.D., presents on preparing for the LSAT.
Anchorage attorney Peter Boskofsky speaks with a student during MentorJet.

Please see the University of Alaska Justice Center's website to view more photos and information about the 2013 Color of Justice - Alaska 2013 College & Program.

Photo of participants in Color of Justice 2013 program in Anchorage

The Color of Justice program brings diverse youth from across the state together for exciting workshops and activities designed to introduce them to the study of law and to encourage them to consider legal and judicial careers.  In June 2013, a two-day Color of Justice middle and high school program was held at the University of Alaska Anchorage and the Anchorage courthouse of the Alaska Court system. 

Photo of participants in Color of Justice 2013 program in Anchorage
Photo of participants in Color of Justice 2013 program in Anchorage

“MentorJet: A Speed Mentoring Experience” at UAA

The first day began with a tour of the UAA campus and an interactive session focusing on the qualities needed to be a lawyer and a judge, and the kind of academic and professional preparation and experience required. Students then participated in “Mentor Jet:  A Speed Mentoring Experience,” which provided them with opportunities to talk with diverse Alaska lawyers and judges about the steps to a successful and rewarding career in law.  Presiding Judge Sen Tan next discussed the top 10 reasons why students would want to be judges.  Judge Pamela Washington closed the first day by overseeing an active session of “Constitutional Cranium,” a game show testing student's knowledge of Alaska's constitution. 

Photo of participants in Color of Justice 2013 program in Anchorage

“Constitutional Cranium,” a game show testing Knowledge of Alaska's Constitution

The second day began with Chief Justice Dana Fabe, Judge Beverly Cutler (Ret.), and Judge Jo-Ann Chung introducing students to the Alaska Court system, and distributing judicial robes.  Students next heard presentations from Seattle University School of Law Professors Mark Chinen and Stephanie M. Nichols, and University of Washington School of Law Professor Michele Storms on the topics of contracts and access to justice, and then they put their new legal knowledge to work by practicing deciding real cases.  Students ended the busy second day by preparing for and participating in mock trials.

Photo of participants in Color of Justice 2013 program in Anchorage

Judge Beverly Cutler (Ret.), Chief Justice Dana Fabe, and Judge Jo-Ann Chung, introducing students to the Alaska Court System

"Mock Trial"

Color of Justice couldn't have happened without the outstanding efforts of the volunteer lawyers and judges who participated in Mentor Jet and the mock trial competitions.

Please see the University of Alaska Justice Center's website to view more photos and a slideshow of the 2013 Color of Justice events.

The next Color of Justice high school program will take place in the Fall of 2014 at Mt. Edgecumbe High School in Sitka. 

Questions? Contact Mara Rabinowitz at 907-264-0879 or Margaret Newman at 907-264-0864. 

Perspective Matters - COJ Poster 2011

Perspective Poster Adobe Acrobat PDF logo

Sponsored by:
National Association of Women Judges
Alaska Bar Association
Alaska Court System
Alaska Federation of Natives
Alaska Native Justice Center
Council on Legal Education Opportunity
Gonzaga University School of Law
Law School Admission Council
Northwest Indian Bar Association
Perkins Coie LLP
Seattle University School of Law
University of Alaska Anchorage
University of Washington School of Law

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iCIVICS

iCivics logo

Learn about your government…the fun way!
www.icivics.org

Alaska's Chief Justice Dana Fabe invites Alaska's young people to learn about the rights and responsibilities of citizenship the fun and effective way, through a new online program available for FREE at www.icivics.org. iCivics is a new web-based education project founded by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor (Ret.) to teach students civics and inspire them to be active participants in our democracy. Alaskan educators and their students are encouraged to visit the website and check out the games, web quests and other great resources for civic learning. If you would like to have a judge or attorney visit your classrooms to present an iCivics activity, please contact the Clerk of Court at the courthouse nearest you or the court's statewide Judicial Outreach Mara Rabinowitz, at 907-264-0879 or mrabinowitz@appellate.courts.state.ak.us. Thank you!

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor (Ret.), founder of iCivics, visited Anchorage on September 5, 2012, to promote the program. Here she meets with principals and teachers from the Anchorage middle schools that participated in the 2012 "iCivics Middle School Challenge." With Justice O'Connor in the front row are (starting 2nd from left): Hanna Sebold, President, Alaska Bar Association; Justice O'Connor; Chief Justice Dana Fabe, Alaska Supreme Court; and Justice Walter Carpeneti, former Alaska iCivics Chair (2010-2013).

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"Justice For All" Art Contest

2015 "Justice For All" Art Contest 2015
Deadline for entries: March 15, 2015
Guidelines & Entry Form Adobe Acrobat PDF logo 739 KB

For more information: mrabinowitz@appellate.courts.state.ak.us; 907-264-0879

Announcing the WINNERS of the 2014
Justice for All ART CONTEST!!
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FAIRNESS, DIVERSITY, EQUALITY
Our Justice System Depends on Them; What Do They Mean to You?

Sponsored by:

The Alaska Bar Association’s Law-Related Education Committee
The Alaska Supreme Court’s Access to Civil Justice Committee
The Alaska Supreme Court’s Fairness, Diversity & Equality Committee

The "Justice for All" Art Contest asked students to submit two-dimensional artworks on the theme "Fairness, Diversity, Equality: Our justice system depends on them. What do they mean to you?" The contest received entries from K-8 students from all across Alaska. Finalists were selected by members of the court system's appellate staff, representatives from the Alaska Bar Association's Law-Related Education Committee, and members of the Alaska Supreme Court's Fairness, Diversity & Equality Committee and Access to Civil Justice Committee. The contest sponsors would like to extend special thanks to Perkins Coie LLC for donating the contest prizes. We also wish to congratulate the contest winners, and to thank all of the entrants for their wonderful works of art, which inspire us to ensure that fairness, diversity and equality continue to be vital values of our justice system.

First Prize, Category Grades K - 4: Lucy Black, Grade 2,
Spring Hill Elementary, Anchorage
Poster Adobe Acrobat PDF logo 708 KB
Artist's Statement

First Prize, Category Grades 5 - 8: Sandra Laulainen, Grade 7,
Colony Middle School, Palmer
Poster Adobe Acrobat PDF logo 807 KB
Artist's Statement

CATEGORY A:  GRADES K-4

Please Note: The artists' names are linked to photos of their artwork.
The Artists' Statements are in PDF format.

First Prize: $250.00

 

LUCY BLACK, Grade 2, Spring Hill Elementary, Anchorage Artist's Statement

Second Prize: $150.00

  ELA BERONILLA, Grade 3, Nunaka Valley Elementary, Anchorage Artist's Statement

Third Prize:  $100.00

HAILEY OLICK, Grade 3, Gladys Jung Elementary, Bethel Artist's Statement

Honorable Mention:

CATEGORY B:  GRADES 5-8

First Prize: $250.00

 

SANDRA LAULAINEN, Grade 7, Colony Middle School, Palmer Artist's Statement

Second Prize: $150.00

  CLARISSE MOCK, Grade 8, Northern Lights ABC School, Anchorage Artist's Statement

Third Prize:  $100.00

KIYA LEE ANDREW, Grade 7, Shaktoolik School, Shaktoolik Artist's Statement

Honorable Mention:  

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE WINNERS FOR THEIR
BEAUTIFUL, CREATIVE ART WORKS!

AND SPECIAL THANKS TO ALL THE WONDERFUL ARTISTS
FOR REMINDING US OF THE IMPORTANCE OF

FAIRNESS DIVERSITY & EQUALITY

TO OUR JUSTICE SYSTEM!

Prizes Made Possible Through Generous Support From:

Perkins Coie, LLP

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Law Day 2014

Law Day 2014 Flyer - American Democracy and the Rule of Law: Why Every Vote Matters

Law Day, which is celebrated every year on May 1, is a special day focusing on our nation's heritage of liberty under the rule of law. This national day of celebration was officially designated by joint resolution of Congress in 1961. The national theme of Law Day 2014 is "American Democracy and the Rule of Law: Why Every Vote Matters." Across Alaska, local courts commemorate Law Day in a variety of ways—through visits to schools, community events, or courthouse tours and mock trials. More information about Law Day and this year's Law Day theme may be found at www.lawday.org.

At the end of the 2012 Law Day Luncheon, held at the Dena'ina Civic & Convention Center in Anchorage, former Chief Justice Walter Carpeneti (4th from right) visits with Anchorage Middle School principals and teachers whose schools took part in the "iCivics Middle School Challenge."

Representative Beth Kerttula presented the keynote address You've Got a Long Way to Go, Baby.  The luncheon was held in conjunction with the annual Alaska Bar Convention and Judicial Conference in Juneau on May 15-17, 2013.

For more information about Law Day in your community, contact your local clerk of court or the Area Court Administrator of your judicial district. Area Court Administrators are:

For more information about Law Day in general, visit the American Bar Association website at www.lawday.org.

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Success Inside and Out Program

The Success Inside and Out program was founded by Alaska Supreme Court Justice Dana Fabe to help incarcerated women prepare for the transition to life outside prison. Since 2006, the program has sponsored annual conferences at Hiland Mountain Correctional Center near Anchorage to provide information and support to women inmates prior to their release from prison, with the goal of improving their chances of success in the community.  Since 2008, the program has also been presented annually at Lemon Creek Correctional Center in Juneau.  At both locations, volunteer professionals offer workshops on topics that range from securing housing and employment to managing finances and maintaining healthy lifestyles.  Motivational speakers, music, and ever-popular luncheon fashion shows round out the conference activities.  Co-sponsors include the Alaska Court System, the Alaska Bar Foundation, and the National Association of Women Judges.

Chief Justice Dana Fabe addresses attendees at the 11th Annual Success Inside and Out conference held in October.

Commissioner Joseph Smith, Alaska Department of Corrections; Chief Justice Dana Fabe; Deputy Commissioner Ronald Taylor, Re-Entry & Population Management; Highland Mountain Correction Center Superintendent Michael Gilligan

Family Law Self-Help Director Stacey Marz and volunteer Bernie Ruskin

Retired Palmer Superior Court Judge Beverly Cutler and Chief Justice Dana Fabe

Photos by Aliki Joannides Photography and Bryan Hickock Layer 8 Photography

Success Inside and Out 2006 (Anchorage Daily News article) Adobe Acrobat PDF logo

Success Inside and Out Conference 2010 Adobe Acrobat PDF logo

For more information about the Success Inside & Out program, please contact coordinator Brenda Aiken at baiken@courts.state.ak.us, or 907-264-8266.

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Supreme Court LIVE

UPCOMING SUPREME COURT LIVE PROGRAMS

Ketchikan High School, November 19, 2014
Case Materials for Supreme Court LIVE in Ketchikan

INTRODUCTION

In February 2010, the Alaska Supreme Court launched a new educational outreach program, Supreme Court LIVE, to bring oral arguments in actual pending cases to student audiences at Alaskan high schools. Designed to help students better understand our justice system, this unique learning opportunity debuted at West High School in Anchorage on February 19, 2010, before 400 high school students from across the Anchorage School District.

Justices of the Alaska Supreme Court gather at the close of the February 2012 Supreme Court LIVE program with members of the West High School We the People team who assisted with the event. Members of the court include (back row L-R): Justice Craig Stowers, Chief Justice Dana Fabe, Justice Walter Carpeneti (Ret.), and Justice Daniel Winfree.

The second Supreme Court LIVE program was held at Juneau-Douglas High School on Constitution Day--September 17, 2010—before 600 students from both JDHS and Thunder Mountain High School.  The third program was held February 24, 2011, at West High School in Anchorage before 700 students from seven area high schools.  The fourth program was held at Lathrop High School’s Hering Auditorium in Fairbanks on February 6, 2012 before high school students from across the Fairbanks area. Two days later, on February 8, 2012, the program returned to West High School in Anchorage for a third time. On October 29, 2012, the court traveled to Sitka and held argument at Mount Edgecumbe High School which was attended by students from both Sitka high schools. The court traveled to Barrow to hold argument on October 3, 2013 before the entire student body of Barrow High School.  The next event is scheduled for Anchorage on February 21, 2014. 

Justices of the Alaska Supreme Court gather at the October 2012 Supreme Court LIVE program at Mount Edgecumbe High School in Sitka. Members of the court include (L-R): Justice Craig Stowers, Justice Walter Carpeneti (Ret.), Chief Justice Dana Fabe, Justice Daniel Winfree, and Justice Peter Maassen.

Justices of the Alaska Supreme Court gather at the close of the October 2012 Supreme Court LIVE program in Sitka with members of the student ROTC program who served as ushers for the event. Members of the court include (L-R): Justice Craig Stowers, Justice Walter Carpeneti (Ret.), Chief Justice Dana Fabe, Justice Daniel Winfree, and Justice Peter Maassen.

Justices of the Alaska Supreme Court at the October 3, 2013 Barrow program with student volunteers from the Barrow High School Student Council who served as timers and ushers. Members of the court include (L-R): Justice Joel Bolger, Justice Daniel Winfree, Chief Justice Dana Fabe, and Justice Peter Maassen.

Keys to the success of the program are the advance visits to classrooms by volunteer attorney teams. Attorneys provide both an overview of the legal system and appellate process and an in-depth review of the specific cases to be heard. As a result, students come to the arguments prepared and engaged, and leave with a good understanding of the process and the issues at stake.

The Alaska Supreme Court plans to present Supreme Court LIVE in at least one location each year. Participation by students from other communities is also possible through use of the materials below and replay of the arguments on KTOO's statewide Gavel to Gavel program. Interested teachers may also obtain recordings of the arguments to play in their classrooms as described below. Schools, teachers or attorneys interested in learning more about the program are encouraged to contact the Clerk of Appellate Courts, Marilyn May. Thank you.

EDUCATIONAL MATERIALS

CASE MATERIALS

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Press Coverage of Supreme Court LIVE

Supreme Court LIVE in Barrow, October 3, 2013

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Additional Press Coverage

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Other Court Sponsored Programs

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Rev. 10 September 2014
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