Anchorage Bar Association News

Congratulations to Honorable Donald D. Hopwood -2019 Benjamin Walters Distinguished Service Award Recipient!!

Congratulations to Retired Superior Court Judge Donald D. Hopwood for receiving the prestigious Benjamin Walters’ Distinguished Service Award for 2019.  Judge Hopwood created a new judge training session, he conducts numerous one to two hour sessions with each newly appointed judge before they take the bench and covers everything from administrative to substantive, just to name a few of the wonderful things Judge Hopwood has done.

Past recipients include: MaryAnn Foley, Janel L. Wright, Judge Elaine Andrews, Allen Bailey, Russ Winner, Lars Johnson, Ryan Fortson, Rhonda Fhelen-Westover, Ken Eggers, Lynn Allingham, David Mannheimer, Krista Stearns, Grant Callow, Janet McCabe, Ben Walters, Sig Murphy, James Wanamaker, Cynthia Fellows, Diane Vallentine, Mike White, Bob Owens, Daniel Moore, Blythe Marston and Ken Jacobus.

Sexual Harassment in the Legal Profession: Take the WLG Survey and Pass It On.

Women Lawyers On Guard Inc., a non-profit national network of women and men who advocate and work for equality and justice ( ) is working to address sexual harassment in the legal profession. WLG is conducting a national Survey on Sexual Misconduct in the Legal Profession ( to better understand the scope of this problem in the legal profession.   WLG seeks to gather the experiences and perspectives of women and men throughout the legal profession (e.g., law firm, in-house, government, non-profit, law schools, associations, judiciary, etc.) .  Once we have analyzed the results, we hope to add valuable insights to employers and organizations as they continue to work diligently on eradicating sexual harassment.  The survey is hosted on a secure site to keep responses completely anonymous and confidential, and does not ask for, nor capture, employer names, or other identifying specifics.  Please TAKE THE SURVEY (

Thank you to all participants and vendors – St. Patty’s Day Membership Party

Thank you all for those who came by to help us celebrate St. Patty’s Day at the Performing Arts Center.  The ALASKA CELTIC PIPES & DRUMS did a phenomenal job.  Big Thank You to those who donated door prizes:  NORTHERN SMILES ORTHODONTICS, ALASKA DINNER FACTORY, PAPA MURPHY’S, ROCK HARD FITNESS, LIFEBALANCE, ANCHORAGE YOUTH COURT, /VIB/cycle, SANDWICH DECK, KING STREET and MOOSE A’LA MODE!!

Dues Notices

The Anchorage Bar Dues Notices have been mailed.  Please renew your membership and support your local Bar Association!  Thank you.

Anchorage Bar 2019 Membership Dues Form

It’s time to renew your membership for the 2019 year.   Soon – you will be receiving your 2019 Membership Dues Form.  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 2018 is your first year of practice, your membership is free!  You will need to renew to keep your name and areas of practice listed in the directory.

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!