FAIRBANKS — Fairbanks Superior Court Judge Jane Kauvar will retire in July after 37 years of judicial service. Ten local candidates are vying for her position.
According to a news release issued by the Alaska Judicial Council on Tuesday, the list includes two magistrate judges, one assistant district attorney, six private practice attorneys and one attorney with the Office of Public Advocacy.
Magistrate Judge Earl A. Peterson is a 1995 graduate of Chicago Kent College of Law and has practiced law for 22 years. He previously served as a Fairbanks assistant district attorney before his appointment to magistrate judge in 2017.
Magistrate Judge Melony P. Lockwood graduated from the University of Alabama School of Law in 2007 and was appointed to the Fairbanks court in 2017.
Assistant District Attorney Andrew Baldock graduated from George Washington University and is currently a supervisor in the Fairbanks District Attorney’s Office.
Thomas I. Temple graduated from the George Mason University School of Law in 2001 and is currently in private practice with the law offices of William J. Satterberg Jr.
Kirk Schwalm graduated from Lewis and Clark Law School in 2010 and is currently a partner in the private practice law firm of Downes, Tallerico & Schwalm.
Franklin Spaulding graduated from the Seattle University School of Law in 1998 and is the founding member of private practice firm Spaulding Law PC.
Amy Tallerico is a 2007 graduate of Thomas M. Cooley Law School and is currently a partner in the private practice law firm of Downes, Tallerico & Schwalm.
Gary Stapp graduated from Washburn University School of Law in 1987 and is in private practice with the Law Office of Gary L. Stapp.
John Foster Wallace graduated from Northeastern University School of Law in 1991 and is currently in private practice with the firm of Zimmerman & Wallace.
Brent Bennett graduated from the University of Cincinnati College of Law in 2006 and is a supervising attorney in the Office of Public Advocacy, Fairbanks Defense Section.
Public comment on the applicants is encouraged and can be addressed to Susanne DiPietro, Executive Director of the Alaska Judicial Council at 510 L Street, Suite 450, Anchorage, Alaska 99501, or at 907-279-2523.
Kauvar was appointed to the Fairbanks District Court in 1981 and held the position for 32 years before being appointed to the Fairbanks Superior Court in 2013 by former Gov. Sean Parnell. Prior to that, she served as a law clerk for the Alaska Court System, an assistant district attorney for the state of Alaska and an assistant public defender in Fairbanks. She attended Scripps College from 1966 to 1968 and received her Bachelor of Arts in 1970 from the University of Colorado. She earned her law degree from Boalt Hall School of Law at UC Berkley in 1973.
Correction: The names of Melony P. Lockwood and Brent Bennett were misspelled in earlier versions of this story.