Eight attorneys have applied to the Alaska Judicial Council for a position on the Bethel District Court. The applicants will be evaluated by the council through a months-long process.
One of the eight applicants is already in Bethel. Terrence Haas is currently an assistant public defender in Bethel.
Other applicants include:
Andrew Grannik, an assistant district attorney in Anchorage
Tara Logsdon, in private practice in Palmer
Nathaniel Peters, an assistant public defender in Palmer
William Spiers, an assistant district attorney in Fairbanks
Kirsten Swanson, in private practice in Juneau
John White, in private practice in Anchorage
James Wright, in private practice in Anchorage
All of them will undergo a background check, a survey by Alaska Bar members, and a personal interview. The judicial council plans to hold a public hearing in Bethel in October to interview applicants here. The council will select two or more nominees to send to the Governor, who then has 45 days to make an appointment.