When your case has specific legal needs such as criminal defense, civil litigation, or location-specific laws, it can be tough to locate an Alaska attorney that suits your needs. Searching through the membership rolls of legal associations can be an efficient way to locate an appropriate attorney in The Last Frontier for your case and location.
With over 4,000 members, it is the responsibility of the mandatory-membership Alaska Bar Association to admit and discipline attorneys and provide continuing legal education and other member services. The Alaska Bar Association was formed by the Integrated Bar Act of 1955 and is directed by a Board of Governors composed of nine elected lawyers and three public members appointed by the governor.
The Alaska Association for Justice was formed out of a group of lawyers who met casually on a semiannual basis in the early 1970s. Early on, the association became champions for victims in the tort reform movement. This spirit of strength and rights advocacy continues today in the Alaska Association for Justice with members from both civil and criminal courtrooms across the state. AAJ's members participate in a variety of programs and committees to stay at peak performance, including continuing legal education (CLE) and networking events.
The AACDL was founded on the Alaskan principles of individuality and justice to serve criminal defense attorneys in Alaska. As the preeminent criminal defense organization for the state, the Alaska Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers aims to promote criminal defense law study and research, support continuing legal education (CLE) in criminal defense advocacy, sponsor meetings of criminal defense attorneys across the state, represent the cause of criminal defense before state and federal government, and to preserve, protect, and defend the adversary system of justice. AACDL puts major emphasis on CLE for new lawyers and seasoned attorneys alike, and offers several educational seminars each year.