The entrance to the Kenai Courthouse in Kenai, Alaska, as seen on Feb. 26, 2019. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

The entrance to the Kenai Courthouse in Kenai, Alaska, as seen on Feb. 26, 2019. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

Judicial council nominates applicants for Homer, Kenai court vacancies

Gov. Mike Dunleavy has 45 days to choose from nominated applicants and make appointments.

The Alaska Judicial Council has chosen a list of qualified applicants to fill the Kenai District court vacancy.

The judicial council, a citizens commission created by the Alaska Constitution to investigate and evaluate judicial applicants, met earlier this month to interview applicants for positions on the Palmer and Kenai District Courts and the Homer and Valdez Superior Courts.

Nominated applicants for the Kenai District Court vacancy are Amanda Browning, Craig S. Condie, Martin C. Fallon and Kelly J. Lawson, the council announced in a Nov. 12 press release.

Nominated applicants for the Homer Superior Court vacancy include Craig S. Condie, Kelly J. Lawson and Bride Seifert, the release said.

The council nominates the most qualified applicants for each vacancy. Gov. Mike Dunleavy has 45 days to choose from nominated applicants and make appointments.

Browning is a magistrate judge in Sitka who has been an Alaska resident for eight years. She’s practiced law for 14 years, the release said. She’s nominated for both the Kenai District Court vacancy and the Palmer District Court vacancy.

Craig S. Condie is currently a magistrate judge in Palmer. He’s been a resident for 15 years and has been practicing law for 15 years, the release said. Condie is nominated for every vacancy, in Palmer, Valdez, Kenai and Homer.

Fallon is currently a magistrate judge in Kenai. He’s been a resident for 11 and a half years and has practiced law for 20 years, the release said.

Lawson is currently an assistant attorney general in Kenai and has been a resident of Alaska for 43 years. She’s been practicing law for 16 years, the release said. She is nominated for the Homer and Kenai vacancies.

The Alaska Judicial Council is composed of three attorneys, three non-attorneys and the Chief Justice of the Alaska Supreme Court.

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