Sharon L. Gleason
Sharon Louise Gleason
|Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Alaska|
|Assumed office |
January 4, 2012
|Appointed by||Barack Obama|
|Preceded by||John W. Sedwick|
|Born||October 1957 (age 61)|
Rochester, New York
in St. Louis (B.A.)
UC Davis School of Law (J.D.)
Sharon Louise Gleason (born October 1957) is a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Alaska. She is the first female judge to serve in the District of Alaska.
Early life and education
Gleason earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1979 from Washington University in St. Louis. She earned a Juris Doctor in 1983 from UC Davis School of Law. Gleason worked from 1983 until 1984 as a law clerk to then-Chief Justice Edmond Burke of the Alaska Supreme Court. She became a member of the Alaska state bar in 1984. 
From 1984 until 1995, Gleason worked at the law firm Reese, Rice and Volland in Alaska. She then served as a sole legal practitioner from 1995 until 2001, when she was appointed to the Alaska Superior Court. She then was retained by Alaska voters in 2004 and 2010.
On July 31, 2015, Gleason  ruled that environmental group Greenpeace USA would be fined $2,500 for each hour its activists block a Shell Oil (A Dutch owned corporation) icebreaking ship from leaving Portland by dangling from the St. Johns Bridge. The Shell icebreaker is part of the controversial move by Congress to allow a foreign-based corporation to drill in the arctic.
Federal judicial service
On April 6, 2011, President Obama nominated Gleason to the United States District Court for the District of Alaska to a vacancy that had been created by Judge John W. Sedwick taking senior status in March 2011. The nomination occurred on the recommendation of U.S. Sen. Mark Begich. On September 8, 2011, the Senate Judiciary Committee reported her nomination to the Senate floor by voice vote. The United States Senate confirmed Gleason in an 87–8 vote on November 15, 2011. She received her commission on January 4, 2012.
- Making History: President Obama’s Female Judicial Nominees, Alliance for Justice (June 11, 2013).
- The White House: Office of the Press Secretary (April 6, 2011). "President Obama Nominates Two to the United States District Court". whitehouse.gov. Retrieved April 8, 2011.
- "Gleason, Sharon Louise – Federal Judicial Center". www.fjc.gov.
- Mauer, Richard (April 7, 2011). "Anchorage judge is nominated for federal court". Anchorage Daily News. Archived from the original on April 10, 2011. Retrieved April 8, 2011.
- The White House: Office of the Press Secretary (April 6, 2011). "Nominations Sent to the Senate, 4/6/2011". whitehouse.gov. Retrieved April 8, 2011.
- Sharon L. Gleason at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, a public domain publication of the Federal Judicial Center.
- Sharon L. Gleason at Ballotpedia
John W. Sedwick
| Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Alaska