Anchorage Bar Association News

Annual Membership Meeting 12/7/21  – Noon Zoom 

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Our annual ballot has been mailed out to nominate five board members.  Please complete your ballot and join us on December 7, 2021 at noon to  attend our annual meeting and we will announce the board members who will serve the next three year term.  The Anchorage Bar Association, Board of Directors, is compiled of 16 volunteer attorneys. The Board meets on the fourth Tuesday of the month at noon currently via Zoom, hopefully we will resume our luncheons at the Glacier Brewhouse, where we discuss events and topics within the eight subcommittees of the Board. The Anchorage Bar Association has approximately 200 members.

Alaska Law Review – Submissions requested – by December 1:

The Alaska Law Review (ALR) is accepting submissions for its Spring 2022 Volume! We are accepting submissions from legal practitioners, educators, and academics on any topic related to law in Alaska. Submissions may take the form of traditional law review articles or shorter essays, examples of which appear in our recently released Spring 2021 Volume. Please send your submission to by December 1. If you have any questions or have interest in writing for the Journal, please reach out to the Law Review staff at for further information. Publication guidelines can also be found here and more information about ALR generally can be found on our website.

 2021 Officers

Our 2021 Officers:  Loren Hildebrandt-President; Cheryl McKay-President Elect; Susan Lindquist & Bob Owens- Treasurers; and Leonard Anderson-Secretary.

Congratulations to our Board members whose terms will be from Jan 2021 – 2024:  Caroline Wanamaker, Cheryl McKay, Loren Hildebrandt, Peter Sandberg, Joe Levesque and Matthew Widmer!

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 – FREE until March 31, 2022

2022 membership dues will be free to all new and renewing members as long as you renew by 3/31/22.  Hopefully we will be able to have a social some time in the near future.  We’re working on it!   All you need to do is go to the tab – “Join/Renew” and create an account or Renew!

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 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 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.