Six attorneys apply for Superior Court Judge’s position
Six attorneys have submitted their applications to fill the Nome Superior Court Judge vacancy left when current Judge Timothy Dooley decided to not stand for retention.
The Alaska Judicial Council accepted applications until August 22 and released the applicants’ names the following day. Former Nome magistrate judge Brooke Browning Alowa and current Nome District Attorney John Earthman are two applicants with ties to Nome.
Alowa graduated from the Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, School of Law in 2002 and has lived in Alaska for 14 years. She currently works as an assistant public advocate in Palmer. Alowa also applied for the judge positions in Bethel, Dillingham and Kenai.
John Earthman graduated from Fordham University School of Law, New York City, in 1999 and has lived and practiced law in Alaska for 17 years. Earthman only applied for the Nome Superior Court position.
The other four applicants who also applied are Romano D. DiBenedetto, currently a magistrate judge in Fairbanks; Tara Logsdon, a magistrate judge in Palmer; Bride Seifert, an administrative law judge in Juneau, and Joan Wilson, a private practice attorney in Anchorage.
DiBenetto has been in Alaska for five and a half years, but has practiced law for over 21 years. He graduated from Northwestern School of Law in 1993. He applied for judgeship in Bethel, Kenai and Nome.
Tara Logsdon is a magistrate judge and standing master in Palmer. She has lived in Alaska for 20 years and practiced law for more than 19 years. Logsdon graduated from Regent University School of Law in 1996. She applied for the judge’s positions in Bethel, Dillingham and Nome.
Bride Seifert has lived in Alaska for five years, and has practiced law for five and a half years. She graduated from the William Mitchell College of Law, St. Paul, Minnesota in 2010. Seifert currently is an administrative law judge in Juneau. She applied for judgeships in Bethel, Nome, Dillingham and Kenai.
Joan Wilson has lived in Alaska for 28 years and practiced law for 20 years. She is currently a lawyer in a private practice in Anchorage and applied for all four open positions in Nome, Bethel, Dillingham and Kenai.
The Alaska Judicial Council conducts background investigations, a survey of Alaska Bar members and interviews the applicants. According to AJC Executive Director Susanne DiPietro, the council plans to hold interviews with the applicants and a public hearing in December, in Nome. The council selects a minimum of two candidates and sends the list of nominees to the governor’s office. The governor then has 45 days to make an appointment.