Four nominees to replace an outgoing state Supreme Court justice have been submitted to Governor Bill Walker for review. Walker now has about six weeks to name replacement on the bench.
The nominees are attorneys Susan Carney, Andrew Guidi, Jahna Lindemuth, and Phillip Pallenberg, all of whom have practiced law in Alaska for decades.
The four were selected by the Alaska Judicial Council, a body made up of three attorneys, three non-attorneys, and the state Supreme Court’s Chief Justice, a position currently held by Craig Stowers.
The departing Justice is Dana Fabe, currently the only woman on the state’s highest court. If her vacancy is filled by a man, Alaska will join just two other states, Idaho and Iowa, in having no women on the highest judicial body. Nation-wide, women hold just 31 percent of state court judgeships, according to data from the National Association of Women Judges.