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ANJC Expands Client Services with Hiring of First Staff Attorney


August 24, 2009


The Alaska Native Justice Center (ANJC) is pleased to announce the hiring of Mera Matthews as staff attorney. The hiring marks the first time ANJC has had an attorney on staff, and allows ANJC to expand the services offered to clients.

As ANJC’s staff attorney, Matthews will provide legal representation and counsel to ANJC clients on civil legal matters arising as a consequence of being the victim of domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence or stalking.

“The addition of an attorney on our staff is a milestone for ANJC. For the first time, we will have an attorney on staff providing direct services to victims. We are so pleased to have Mera as part of the ANJC staff,” said Denise R. Morris, ANJC’s President and CEO.

Matthews, who was born and raised in Anchorage, obtained a bachelor’s degree in English literature from Smith College, and earned her JD from the University of Washington. Following graduation from law school, she worked as a law clerk to the Honorable James K. Singleton and the Honorable Timothy Burgess. She has also worked as an assistant public advocate at the Office of Public Advocacy. 

“In my new position, I am looking forward to joining forces with other service providers to stop the epidemic of domestic and sexual violence in our state,” Matthews said. 

The Alaska Native Justice Center was founded in 1993 to serve the unmet needs of Alaska Natives within Alaska’s civil and criminal justice system. ANJC’s mission is to promote justice through culturally based advocacy, prevention and intervention initiatives to restore dignity, respect and humanity to all Alaska Natives.

For more information, visit www.anjc.net.

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