Sarah Palin recently announced that Kodiak Superior Court Judge Joel Bolger (BOWL-JER)
will be filling the vacancy on the Alaska Court of Appeals. Mary Donaldson has
Bolger will be filling Justice David Stewart’s vacancy on the Alaska Court of
Appeals as an appeals court judge. The decision was announced the end of last
month, as Governor Palin selected Bolger from a list of eligible candidates
nominated by the Judicial Council after Justice Stewart announced his plans for
retirement. The Alaska Judicial Council is an independent citizen’s commission
created by the Alaska Constitution, which has statutory duties to screen and
nominate for judicial vacancies for appointment by the governor, to evaluate
performance of judges and to conduct research and publish reports to improve
administration of justice in Alaska.
Bolger says he is grateful to be chosen out of all the eligible candidates to
serve as an appeals court judge.
(Bolger 1 :17s “…good panel.”)
Bolger has worked with law all over
Alaska for 28
years, from Barrow all the way down to Kodiak, which he considers home.
(Bolger 2 :48s “…great deal”)
The position requires Judge Bolger
to relocate to Anchorage.
He says leaving Kodiak will be tough, but that he looks forward to his new
appointment because of the work it involves.
(Bolger 3 :16s “…enjoy a great deal.”)
been an active member of the Kodiak community over the years as he has been involved
in several activities in town. He says Kodiak has a special place in his heart
for several reasons, especially since he began his early work here.
(Bolger 4 :41s “…so many good times here.”)
He will begin his new appointment
by the end of October. Bolger received his bachelor’s degree in economics from
the University of
Iowa in 1976, and a law
degree from the college of law, from the same university in 1978.
Court of Appeals is a three-member judicial panel with jurisdiction to hear appeals
in many different types of criminal cases.