Two Juneau attorneys and a Juneau judge were honored this week for their work.
The Alaska Bar Association, holding their annual convention in the Capital City this week, presented the Robert K. Hickerson Award to Juneau private attorney Vance Sanders. That’s an award presented each year by the ABA’s Board of Governors for lifetime achievement in pro bono work, or work for low income or indigent clients.
Another individual pro bono award presented by legal services providers went to Sitka attorney Teka Lamade. The Anchorage firm of Feldman Orlansky & Sanders was recognized for their pro bono work over the last year, Dario Borgehsan with the Attorney General’s Office in Anchorage was recognized for pro bono work as a state government employee, and the lifetime achievement award went to the Pacific Northwest and Alaska-based firm Perkins Coie.
Juneau District Court Judge Keith Levy was also recognized for his community outreach. Formerly the head of the Therapeutic Court in Juneau, Levy is starting a new Mental Health Court. He is also organizing the Success Inside and Out program for Juneau which helps offenders get on their feet when they get out of prison.
Juneau attorney Dick Monkman was also presented with the ABA’s Distinguished Service award.
Sitka attorney David Voluck was recognized for his outstanding professionalism.
Former legislator and chief clerk to the Constitutional Convention Katie Hurley was presented with the Jay Rabinowitz Award for her life’s work devoted to public service.
An estimated 400 attorneys from around the state are attending the annual convention that usually rotates between Fairbanks, Anchorage, and Juneau.
The three-day event includes seminars that are part of attorneys’ continuing education. Subjects range from an analysis of recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions to the role of science in predicting psychopathy.
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