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Senators Announce U.S. Judge Replacement Process

Request names for Alaska federal judgeship

U.S. Senators Mark Begich and Lisa Murkowski are soliciting names of candidates to replace an Alaska District Court judge whose seat will be open when he moves to senior status next March. The senators will work with the Alaska Bar Association to accept applications and conduct a Bar poll of Alaska lawyersEach plans to make individual recommendations to the White House.

The vacancy is for the seat currently held by U.S. District Court Judge John W. Sedwick of Anchorage, who is moving to senior status on March 13, 2011. Appointed by President George H.W. Bush in 1992, Judge Sedwick handles both federal civil and criminal issues with two other district judges in Anchorage.

“Selecting judges for the federal bench is an enormous responsibility and privilege and I look forward to being a part of this important process,” Begich said. “There are many talented and highly qualified Alaskans who would serve our state and our nation with distinction and I hope we can make history with this selection.”

“The ultimate decision on who to nominate to fill Judge Sedwick’s seat rests with President Obama. The process we are outlining to identify qualified candidates for the President’s consideration respects Alaska’s longstanding tradition of selecting judges on the basis of merit,” Murkowski said.  “I am hopeful that the President will nominate an individual who respects the Constitution as it is written, appreciates that judges are not legislators, and is highly knowledgeable about Alaska, its history and the unique Alaska legal issues that often come before the federal courts.”

Those interested in applying for the position should send a letter of interest, resume or professional vita and no more than two legal writing samples to:

Alaska Bar Association

550 W. 7th Avenue

Suite 1900

Anchorage, AK 99501

The deadline for receiving applications is August 20. After all applications are received, the Alaska Bar Association will conduct a poll of state attorneys of the candidates. Senators Begich and Murkowski will use the results of that poll and their own research in recommending candidates to forward to the White House.

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