United States District Court for the District of Alaska
|United States District Court for the District of Alaska|
|Appeals to||Ninth Circuit|
|Established||January 3, 1959|
|Chief Judge||Timothy Mark Burgess|
|Officers of the court|
|U.S. Attorney||Bryan Schroder|
The United States District Court for the District of Alaska (in case citations, D. Alaska) is a federal court in the Ninth Circuit (except for patent claims and claims against the U.S. government under the Tucker Act, which are appealed to the Federal Circuit).
The District was established on July 7, 1958, pending Alaska statehood on January 3, 1959.
The United States Attorney's Office for the District of Alaska represents the United States in civil and criminal litigation in the court. The current United States Attorney is Bryan Schroder since March 11, 2017.
Organization of the court
Anchorage Division comprises the following borough/census areas: Aleutians East, Aleutians West, Anchorage, Bethel, Bristol Bay, Dillingham, Kenai Peninsula, Kodiak Island, Lake and Peninsula, Matanuska-Susitna, and Valdez-Cordova.
As of December 31, 2015[update]:
|#||Title||Judge||Duty station||Born||Term of service||Appointed by|
|10||Chief Judge||Timothy Mark Burgess||Anchorage||1956||2006–present||2015–present||—||G.W. Bush|
|11||District Judge||Sharon L. Gleason||Anchorage||1957||2012–present||—||—||Obama|
|5||Senior Judge||H. Russel Holland||Anchorage||1936||1984–2001||1989–1995||2001–present||Reagan|
|7||Senior Judge||James Keith Singleton Jr.||Anchorage||1939||1990–2005||1995–2002||2005–present||G.H.W. Bush|
|8||Senior Judge||John W. Sedwick||Anchorage||1946||1992–2011||2002–2009||2011–present||G.H.W. Bush|
|9||Senior Judge||Ralph R. Beistline||Anchorage||1948||2002–2015||2009–2015||2015–present||G.W. Bush|
Vacancies and pending nominations
|Seat||Seat last held by||Vacancy reason||Date of vacancy||Nominee||Date of nomination|
|1||Ralph R. Beistline||Senior status||December 31, 2015||Joshua M. Kindred||November 21, 2019|
|#||Judge||State||Born–died||Active service||Chief Judge||Senior status||Appointed by||Reason for|
|1||Walter Hartman Hodge||AK||1896–1975||1960–1966||1961–1966||1966–1975||Eisenhower||death|
|2||Raymond Eugene Plummer||AK||1913–1987||1961–1973||1966–1973||1973–1987||Kennedy||death|
|3||James von der Heydt||AK||1919–2013||1966–1984||1973–1984||1984–2013||L. Johnson||death|
|4||James Martin Fitzgerald||AK||1920–2011||1974–1989||1984–1989||1989–2011||Ford||death|
|6||Andrew Kleinfeld||AK||1945–present||1986–1991||—||—||Reagan||elevation to 9th Cir.|
Chief judges have administrative responsibilities with respect to their district court. Unlike the Supreme Court, where one justice is specifically nominated to be chief, the office of chief judge rotates among the district court judges. To be chief, a judge must have been in active service on the court for at least one year, be under the age of 65, and have not previously served as chief judge. A vacancy is filled by the judge highest in seniority among the group of qualified judges. The chief judge serves for a term of seven years or until age 70, whichever occurs first. The age restrictions are waived if no members of the court would otherwise be qualified for the position.
When the office was created in 1948, the chief judge was the longest-serving judge who had not elected to retire on what has since 1958 been known as senior status or declined to serve as chief judge. After August 6, 1959, judges could not become or remain chief after turning 70 years old. The current rules have been in operation since October 1, 1982.
Succession of seats
- Courts of Alaska
- List of current United States District Judges
- List of United States federal courthouses in Alaska