Anchorage Bar Association News

August 20, 1-4 p.m.  Family Barbeque at American Legion, Jack Henry Post 1,

Please join us on Saturday, August 20th from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., at the American Legion backyard for music, b-b-qued pork and lots of side dishes.  We will have the Leo Ash Band.  Room for kids to play, and adults to mingle.  We’ll be giving away door prizes.  Please bring your business card for chance at a special door prize!   Free for members & their family; $25 for extra guests.

Our CLE Series is taking the summer off.  The 7th in the series will resume in September.  Stay tuned!

If you attended prior CLEs – please click here to print off your Certificate of Attendance.  CLE Certificate of attendance 2.17.22; and CLE Certificate of attendance 11.18.21

$1,000 donation given to Bean’s Cafe

In memory of the lawyers who passed in 2021:  C. Richard Avery, Daniel Beardsley, Richard Block, Christopher Bridger, Jody Brion, Carol Childress, Paul Davis, Theodore Dunn, Deborah Greenberg, Dean Guaneli, John Havelock, David Lawer, Denis Lazarus, Katheryn Lynch, Michael Andrew Martin, Stephen Merrill, David Millen, Robert Noreen, Ron Offret, Ted Pease, Barbara Powell, J. Justin Ripley, Patrick Ross, Joel Rothberg. Mitchel Schapira, Brian Shute, James Stanley, John Thorsness and William Timme.

Congratulations to Cheryl McKay – Recipient of the Judge Nora Guinn Award!

Cheryl McKay – President-Elect received the Judge Nora Guinn Award. 

Nora Guinn established a benchmark as the first Alaska Native woman to be appointed as the Alaska District Court Judge.  Cheryl McKay upholds the standard of integrity and public service worthy of Judge Guinn”s legacy.  Dr. Shirley J. Holloway who nominated Cheryl, stated:  “I was delighted to nominate Ms. McKay for this prestigious award.  She epitomizes the hard work, values and achievements of Judge Gwinn in focusing her professional and personal life to forward the achievement of Alaska Native and rural Alaska residents.  Ms. McKay worked her way through school to become an accomplished lawyer working with Alaska Native Corporations, Tribes and rural school districts to advocate on behalf of rural and Alaska Native youth.  And I had the honor of working alongside of her in some of these important endeavors.

Ms. McKay is Inupiaq, with family in Unalakleet and Utqiagvik (Barrow), Alaska.  She is a frequent public speaker, presenting continuing education programs on corporate governance and Alaska Native history, lands and education issues.  Her enthusiasm and dedication to learning her clients ‘ history, culture and future goals has helped Cheryl enjoy long lasting business relationships and communications with Alaska ’s Congressional delegation and State and Federal entities.  She has traveled extensively throughout rural Alaska, often volunteering time and community participation to encourage youth to achieve their goals.  She was instrumental in forming Alaska’s only federally certified Tribal College.

Ms McKay was honored as one of Alaska’s Top 40 under 40 for her commitment to the community and professional excellence .


Congratulations to our 2022 Officers

Our 2022 Officers:  Cheryl McKay-President; Matthew Widmer -President Elect; Bob Owens- Treasurers; and Leonard Anderson-Secretary.

Congratulations to our Board members whose terms will be from Jan 2022 – 2025:  Bob Owens, Leonard Anderson, Michael Corey, Ryan Fortson and Lynn Allingham!

It’s time to renew your 2022 members on-line.  Please click on Memberships button to get started.  We will not be mailing out dues notices this year.

Anchorage Bar 2022 Membership Dues

Please join or renew your 2022 membership dues if you haven’t already.  Please click “Join/Renew” and create an account or Renew!  We are starting to have monthly socials – Thirsty Thursdays – every second Thursday of the month.  Check in for details, each month will be at a different location.

We have combined the different types of memberships into one form for ease and convenience.

If you practice within the Anchorage area, you are a voting member and the dues is $65.00.  If you practice in Alaska but live outside the Anchorage area or in another state, you are an associate member and dues are $50.00.  If you are a newly admitted lawyer  and 2020 is your first year of practice, or first year law clerk, your membership is free!  You will need to renew to keep your name and areas of practice listed in the directory.   If you are a second year law clerk, or do not have a bar number, you are an affiliate member and dues are $25.00.

The sooner you send in your dues form and payment, the sooner you can enjoy your LifeBalance benefits!  If you have a question as to completing the form, please email or leave a message at 907-250-4291.  You will be able to renew either by mail, fax or submit on-line.

We appreciate you supporting your local Bar Association!

Congratulations to Jon Katchen & Katy Brautigam, Holland & Hart – Recipient of the Distinguished Ben Walters Award!

Jon Katchen & Katy Brautigam of the Holland & Hart law firm recieved the Ben Walters Award for 2021.  Jon & Katy received this distinguished award in recognition of their collective donation of hundreds of hours over the last year representing a survivor of domestic violence in a high conflict divorce and custody case. Ms. Ruff Soden of ANDVSA (Alaska Network on Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault)  stated: “There have been numerous pandemic-related challenges in the case, particularly around trying to make visitation as safe as possible during Covid. These attorneys have worked tirelessly on the case and have assisted this client so much.” Your commitment to public service is exactly what we seek to honor with our award.

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 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.