Three nominated to serve on Homer Superior Court

The Alaska Judicial Council has nominated three people to be the first Superior Court Judge in Homer.

The council met Nov. 4-8 in the communities of Homer, Palmer and Valdez to interview applicants for judge positions in the Kenai and Palmer District Courts, and the Homer and Valdez Superior Courts, according to a Nov. 12 press release from the council.

Homer and Valdez were the last two major communities in Alaska that lacked a superior court judgeship until Senate Bill 41 was passed and enacted earlier this year to establish them. Currently, superior court judges from Kenai travel down to Homer to handle superior court cases like felony crimes.

Out of 13 people who applied for the superior court judge seat in Homer, three have been nominated by the Alaska Judicial Council after its members reviewed their applications and conducted interviews.

According to the press release, the nominees being sent to Gov. Mike Dunleavy for appointment to the Homer Superior Court are:Craig S. Condie, a magistrate judge in Palmer who has lived in Alaska for 15 years and has been practicing law for the same amount of time. Condie graduated from University of Utah School of Law in 2004.

Kelly J. Lawson, an Alaskan of 43 years currently serving as an assistant attorney general in Kenai. She graduated from New York University School of Law in 2002, has been practicing law for 16 years and was previously an assistant district attorney at the Kenai DA’s office.

Bride Seifert, an assistant district attorney in Kotzebue who has lived in Alaska for 8 1/2 years and has practiced law for 10 years. She graduated from William Mitchell College of Law in Minnesota in 2010.

Dunleavy has 45 days from Nov. 12 to make appointments to each court from among the nominees sent to him by the council.

The Alaska Judicial Council is made up of seven members — three lawyers, three non-lawyers and the Alaska Supreme Court Chief Justice.

Reach Megan Pacer at mpacer@homernews.com.

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