Governor Appoints William
B. Carey to Ketchikan Superior Court
December 08, 2008
Ketchikan, Alaska - Alaska Governor Sarah Palin yesterday appointed
William B. Carey of Anchorage to fill a vacancy on the Ketchikan
Superior Court created by the retirement of Judge Michael A.
Carey, 54, is an attorney in private practice in Anchorage, with
an emphasis on criminal defense in Southeast Alaska. Before
entering solo practice in 1990, he worked as a partner in two
Anchorage law firms from 1982-90. He moved to Alaska in 1980
to work as a legal intern with Cook Inlet Native Association,
then as a clerk with two Anchorage law firms. Carey earned a
bachelor's degree in political science from Brown University
in 1976, and a law degree from the University of Denver's College
of Law in 1980.
"With his broad experience in both criminal and civil law,
and a strong reputation earned over long years of service in
Southcentral and Southeast Alaska, William Carey will make an
outstanding Superior Court judge," said Governor Palin.
"I'm proud to appoint him to serve the people of Ketchikan
in this important position."
The Ketchikan Superior Court is a state court of general jurisdiction.
It has the authority to conduct criminal and civil trials, hear
appeals from district courts, and try cases involving abused
children, domestic relations, involuntary commitment, and property
of deceased or incompetent persons.
In accordance with the Alaska Constitution, Governor Palin filled
the Ketchikan Superior Court vacancy by selecting Carey within
45 days of receiving the list of the applicants nominated by
the Judicial Council to fill the vacancy created by Judge Thompson's
Carey will be subject to voter approval in the 2012 statewide
general election, and in statewide elections every six years
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