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Governor Parnell Appoints Paul Roetman to Kotzebue Superior Court

July 9, 2010, Anchorage, Alaska - Governor Sean Parnell today appointed Paul A. Roetman to the Kotzebue Superior Court. Roetman will fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Richard Erlich.

Roetman is an assistant district attorney in the Department of Law, currently working in Palmer. He also served as an assistant district attorney in Anchorage and Kotzebue, where he served from 2005-2008. Roetman has also worked in private practice, as a legislative aide in the Alaska Legislature, and as the executive director of the Prince William Sound Economic Development Council. He earned a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Alaska and a juris doctorate from Regent University School of Law in Virginia.

"Paul Roetman has served well in the district attorney's office, and his service in Kotzebue has prepared him for this position on the bench," said Governor Parnell. "His experience prosecuting domestic violence and sexual assault cases in several communities, including Kotzebue, is aligned with our statewide campaign to rid our Alaskan communities of this epidemic within 10 years."

Roetman started with the Department of Law in 2001.

"I'm very humbled by this opportunity and the trust that Governor Parnell has placed in me," Roetman said. "My family and I are excited to move back to Kotzebue and be a part of the community again."

Alaska's Superior Courts are trial courts for both civil and criminal cases. They also serve as appellate courts for cases from the district courts and some administrative agencies. Superior Courts hear cases involving children, domestic relations and property matters.

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