Bethel Superior Court receives applicants for Hamilton’s judgeship

by Angela Denning-Barnes on October 12, 2011

The Alaska court system is trying to fill the position at the Bethel Court House left vacant by the unexpected death of Superior Court Judge Marvin Hamilton. Hamilton died in April at age 55. The Court has received 4 applicants who have been evaluated by the Alaska Judicial Council.

The judicial council is an independent citizens’ commission created by the Alaska Constitution. The council will eventually send the most qualified applicants to the Governor, who makes the appointment. First though, the council is taking public comments on the applicants and will hold a public meetings this month and next.

The four applicants are: Chuck Ray, David Avraham Voluck, Angela Greene, and Matthew Widmer.

The applicants have been rated by other attorneys in a bar survey, which looks at professional competence, integrity, fairness, judicial temperament, and suitability of experience. The Judicial Council takes the survey into consideration as a tool in its overall evaluation.

In the survey, Chuck Ray and David Avraham Voluck both received a 4.1 out of 5 in the overall rating. Angela Greene and Matthew Widmer each received a 3.4.

The Alaska Judicial Council is accepting written comments about the applicants. E-mail them to: Larry Cohn, Executive Director, at
or through the mail:
The Alaska Judicial Council
1029 West Third Avenue, Suite 201
Anchorage, Alaska 99501-1969

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