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Governor Appoints Three Judges
Aarseth, McKay, Cummings to assume the bench


December 01, 2005

Alaska Governor Frank H. Murkowski on Wednesday announced the appointment of three judges to fill judicial vacancies in Anchorage and Bethel.

"I am pleased to name three fine individuals to serve as new judges in the State of Alaska," said the governor. "They will serve their communities, and their state, well."

Eric A. Aarseth and Patrick J. McKay were appointed to the Anchorage Superior Court to fill seats vacated by retiring judges Larry Card and Dan Hensley.



Aarseth, 42, has been an Alaska resident for the past 14 years. He currently serves as an assistant attorney general in the Department of Law, Civil Division, Torts Section. He worked as a prosecutor for eight years prior. Aarseth is a current member of the Alaska Air National Guard, serving as the Deputy Staff Judge Advocate at Kulis Air National Guard Base. He graduated from the University of Minnesota with an engineering degree and received his law degree from William Mitchell College of Law.

McKay, 52, has been an Alaska resident since 1977. He has been in private practice since 1978, focusing on criminal, domestic, personal injury and commercial law. He is an active community volunteer, serving on various Valley Hospital boards and committees and volunteering for youth activities. He graduated from Aurora University with a degree in political science and received his Juris Doctorate from Illinois Institute of Technology/Chicago ­ Kent College of Law.

Dennis P. Cummings was appointed to fill a new Bethel District Court seat.

Cummings, 58, has been an Alaska resident for 38 years. He has served as an assistant district attorney in Bethel since 2001. Prior to his service in Bethel, he was in private practice in Anchorage and worked for the Municipality of Anchorage's public defender firm Gorton and Associates. From 1966-1970 he served in the United States Air Force and from 1970-1974 he was an Alaska State Trooper. He received his bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Alaska, Anchorage and his law degree from the Gonzaga University School of Law.


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