Mock Trial

The Anchorage Bar Association is a voluntary association of Anchorage-area lawyers and other law office professionals serving the legal profession by fostering public respect for and trust in the members of the legal profession, encouraging collegiality and lifelong learning among its members, and promoting equal access to justice for all persons.  The Anchorage Bar provides direct member benefits and law-related public service. 
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What's New

Thank you members for attending Anchorage Bar Association's St. Patrick's Day Party held March 17 at the Sizzlin Cafe. It was a huge success thanks to your participation and due to our generous sponsors. A big THANK YOU to 1ST NATIONAL BANK ALASKA, LITTLE ITALY RESTAURANTE, LIFEBALANCE, KING STREET BREWERY, ANCHORAGE YOUTH COURT, DEBBIE'S HAIR STUDIO, and BUZZBIZZ STUDIOS. These sponsors provided some great door prizes.


2014 Benjamin Walters Distinguished Service Award – Nominations accepted until 4/15/14.

The Anchorage Bar is seeking nominees for the 2014 Benjamin Walters Distinguished Service Award.  If you would like to nominate someone who exemplifies the values of caring and service to the legal community that Ben embraced, please send the name and a short explanation of why you deem this nominee worthy of the award.  Please send your nominations to Diane F Vallentine at (dfvallentine@jdolaw.com) (907) 563-8844.

The award will be presented at the Alaska Bar Convention in Anchorage in May.

The Anchorage Bar Association has given an Outstanding Service Award for many years now.  In 2006 we renamed the award the Benjamin Walters Distinguished Service Award in honor of our longtime Board member and friend who passed away that year.  Ben was always was willing to give many hours to the community in the legal arena as well as simply giving of his time and effort to community activities in general.  Whether it was Boy Scouts or the Rotary Club or the Anchorage Bar Association or people in the local community needing pro bono legal advice, Ben always gave selflessly of himself to help others.  It is in that spirit that the Anchorage Bar honors someone who exemplifies these same qualities and, in doing so we honor Ben’s memory.

Nominations will be taken until April 15, 2014.

Please send your nominations to Diane F Vallentine at (dfvallentine@jdolaw.com) (907) 563-8844.


Please note:  The Anchorage Bar Association has a new mailing address as of 9/1/13. Please use:  Anchorage Bar Association, P.O. Box 240362, Anchorage  AK  99524-0362.   Thank you!

Lars Johnson 2013 Recipient of Ben Walters Award

The 2013 recipient of the Anchorage Bar Association’s Ben Walters’ Outstanding Service Award is Lars Johnson.  Lars has been a tireless volunteer for the Anchorage Bar Association Young Lawyers Section, where he has supervised both the Alaska High School Mock Trial Competition and the Race Judicata fundraiser for Anchorage Youth Court for the past several years.  Lars’s skills with logistics and shepherding volunteers have proven invaluable in the successful growth of these programs.  Through Lars’s efforts, hundreds of Alaska teens from around the state have benefited from the opportunity to learn firsthand about the judicial system by experiencing simulated or actual courtroom trials.


Congratulations to West High - Mock Trial Winners!

The 2013 Alaska High School Mock Trial Competition took place March 1-2 at the Boney Courthouse in Anchorage.  WEST ANCHORAGE HIGH SCHOOL prevailed in the finals over South Anchorage High School before a panel of four actual judges from federal and Alaska courts.  Eight teams, of six to nine students each, from around the state – stretching from Sitka in the Panhandle to Fairbanks up north – competed in four rounds of simulated trials, followed by semi-final and final rounds.  

 Each round, the team members either were attorneys or witnesses for the plaintiff or defendant in a civil products liability case.  Students must make opening and closing arguments, examine and cross-examine witnesses, introduce evidence, and face and defend multiple hearsay or related objections.  Teams are evaluated by a panel of attorneys and law clerks.  The mock trial materials are provided by, and the competition hosted by, the Anchorage Bar Association Young Lawyers Section; for further information, visit www.alaskamocktrial.org.

 The winning West High mock trial team is composed of Bennett Amodio, Austin Bailly, Isabelle Geddes, Kimberly Holdiman, Zoe Lowery, Abigail Spurlock and Sara Wise.  Florina Altshiler, an assistant district attorney for the State of Alaska, coached the West High mock trial team.  John Conroy and Daniel Rawlings are faculty sponsors of the team.  The West High mock trial team has earned the right to compete as Alaska’s representative at the National High School Mock Trial Competition in Indianapolis, Indiana on May 9-11, 2013.


Please note that the Anchorage Bar Association is a voluntary local bar association. The Anchorage Bar Association is not involved with attorney licensing or attorney discipline. You should contact the Alaska State Bar for any questions regarding licensing and discipline of attorneys in this state, ethical obligations, fee disputes, and for any other questions regarding the regulation of lawyers in the State of Alaska.