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Governor Appoints Menendez to Juneau Superior Court


May 23, 2011, Juneau, Alaska - Governor Sean Parnell today appointed Louis Menendez to the Juneau Superior Court, filling the vacancy created by the upcoming retirement of Judge Patricia Collins.

Menendez, of Juneau, has practiced law for more than 29 years. He is currently in private practice focusing on criminal defense. Menendez has also worked as a state prosecutor in Anchorage, Kodiak, Dillingham, Kotzebue, Ketchikan, and Juneau. He earned his juris doctorate from the University of California's Hastings College of Law, and his LL.M. in criminal law and justice from New York University.

"Mr. Menendez brings a variety of experience to the Superior Court," Governor Parnell said. "He is an accomplished trial attorney who treats the court, juries, and all interested parties with respect. Mr. Menendez clearly has a love for the law combined with an understanding of people that should set him apart as a judge. I'm looking forward to his contributions to Alaska's justice system."

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

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