Anchorage Bar Association News

Congratulations to our new 2021 Officers

Congratulations to 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 2021 members on-line.  Please click on Memberships button to get started.  We will not be mailing out dues notices this year.

Seeking Nominations for Distinguished Ben Walters Award – By 8/16/21

The Anchorage Bar is seeking nominees for the 2021 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 Ryan Fortson at

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

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.

Nominations will be taken until August 16, 2021.

Please send your nominations to Ryan Fortson at

Anchorage Bar 2021 Membership Dues – FREE for 2020 Members!

Due to COVID and unprecedented issues everyone is experiencing – 2021 membership is free to all who were members in 2020!  Hopefully we will be able to have a social some time in the near future.  Until then, the Anchorage Bar Association is offering free membership for those loyal members who paid dues in 2020.  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!