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Parnell Names Supreme Court Judge

Superior Court Judge Stowers to Supreme Court


No. 09-091

December 2, 2009, Wrangell, Alaska – Governor Sean Parnell today appointed Anchorage Superior Court Judge Craig F. Stowers to the Alaska Supreme Court. Stowers is the 21st justice appointed to the Court.

“Judge Stowers’ character, legal experience, his strong work ethic, his intellect, and his record of service to Alaska’s people have prepared him to be an outstanding member of our state’s highest court,” Governor Parnell said. “Alaskans will benefit immensely from his service on the Supreme Court.”

Stowers, 55, was born in Daytona Beach, Florida, and graduated with honors in biology and liberal arts from Blackburn College in Illinois in 1975. In 1985, he graduated from law school at the University of California Davis, winning American Jurisprudence awards for his studies in torts, and in criminal and administrative law.

After clerking for U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Robert Boochever, and then Alaska Supreme Court Justice Warren Matthews, Stowers joined Atkinson, Conway & Gagnon and spent eight years practicing in malpractice and general business law. He opened his own trial law practice in 1995, and in 2004 was appointed as an Anchorage Superior Court judge.

Stowers serves as president of the board of directors of Christian Health Associates, Inc., a non-profit faith-based organization, and has been a board member for the Alaska Natural History Association, the Brother Francis Shelter and the Anchorage Neighborhood Health Center.

Stowers replaces Associate Justice Robert L. Eastaugh, who was appointed to the Supreme Court in 1994, and retired on Nov. 2, 2009.

The Alaska Supreme Court serves as the court of appeals for the state’s District and Superior Courts as well as the Court of Appeals. The chief justice and four associate justices hear cases in Anchorage on a monthly basis and in Fairbanks and Juneau on a quarterly basis. The court also administers the state’s judicial system.


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