SEARHC interim general counsel Michael E. Douglas has been hired permanently for the job.
Douglas has been the attorney for the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium since June and will continue to be based in Juneau. The non-profit health consortium serves Native communities in Southeast Alaska, including the Ethel Lund Clinic in Juneau and Mt. Edgecumbe Hosptial in Sitka.
Douglas is Haida Indian, with a law degree from the University of Washington. He was formerly president of the Northwest Indian Bar Association and a volunteer mentor for the Alaska Court System Color of Justice Program. He coordinates a scholarship program for Alaska Native and American Indian law students through the bar association.
Before moving to Juneau, Douglas worked for Sonosky, Chambers, Sachse, Miller & Munson, LLP, an American Indian law firm in Anchorage.