The Alaska Judicial Council has announced that Sean Brown of Bethel and Dwayne McConnell of Juneau were nominated as the most qualified applicants to fill a vacant Bethel Superior Court judgeship. The Governor has 45 days to make the appointment.
Sean Brown is currently an attorney in Bethel through a private practice. He has been an Alaska resident for 11½ years, and has practiced law for 12 years. He graduated from the John Marshall Law School in 1999.
Dwayne McConnell is currently an assistant attorney general in the criminal division of the Department of Law in Juneau. He has been an Alaska resident for 29 years, and has practiced law for 31½ years. He graduated from the University of Missouri at Kansas City in 1975.
The two attorneys were chosen by the Judicial Council from a group of five applicants.
The Council is composed of three attorneys, three non-attorneys and the Chief Justice of the Alaska Supreme Court. They review each applicant’s education, experience, bar discipline and credit records, participation in community activities, and other records. It asks every member of the Alaska Bar to evaluate the applicant, and encourages the public to submit comments.
The vacancy is for retiring Superior Court Judge Leonard Devaney’s seat.