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FAQs of the Alaska Bar


Frequently Asked Questions

The mailing and physical address for the Alaska Bar Association is 840 K Street, Suite 100, Anchorage, AK 99501-3353. Office hours are 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday – Friday.

Bar members need to notify the Alaska Bar Association within 10 days of name, address, and telephone number changes. Change your address online here; or send an email to the Bar office at or by fax to 907-272-2932.

Bar Cards are given to all members upon payment of dues. Replacement cards are issued at no charge by contacting the Bar office.

The deadline for payment of dues is February 1. View dues for the current year. Active dues may be paid in two installments with the second payment due July.

The Alaska Bar Foundation administers the IOLTA program. The Foundation makes grants to programs which provide legal services to the poor or to promote the administration of justice.
The Bar Rag, the official publication of the Alaska Bar Association, is published quarterly. Bar members may obtain extra copies from the Bar office at no charge. Individual copies may be purchased by non-members for $2. A yearly subscription is $25.

Certificates of Good Standing are provided by the Bar Association at no charge. To request a certificate please email us at Include your name, member number, and address where you would like the certificate to be sent. Certificates are also available for pick up from the Bar office. Certificates of Good Standing contain the full name of the licensed lawyer, date of admission, and current status. Other certificates the Bar can provide are Discipline History and Bar Admission. If you need a certificate directly from the Alaska Supreme Court, please email the Appellate Clerk’s Office at

Complaints against lawyers must be in writing. To receive a packet to file a complaint against a lawyer, contact the Bar office.

Our email address is View individual email addresses for bar staff.

A formal request for an ethics opinion should be addressed to the Ethics Committee c/o the Alaska Bar Association, 840 K Street, Suite 100, Anchorage, AK 99501-3353. Otherwise, all Alaska Bar Ethics Opinions can be found on this website. View the opinions.

Bar members who have questions about ethics may call Bar Counsel at 907-272-7469.

The Alaska Bar Association’s fax number is 907-272-2932.

Clients who wish to contest the fee charged by their lawyer may contact the Bar Association for a Fee Arbitration packet. Also included in the packet is a request for Mediation. View more information about the Fee Arbitration process.

The Bar sponsors life and disability programs for Bar members. Contact Dewar Insurance at (907) 258-8888 or visit

An IOLTA (Interest on Lawyer Trust Accounts) account is a pooled, interest-bearing trust account for deposit of client funds that are so small or that will be held for so short a time that they would not earn net interest that would be payable to the client. See ARPC 1.15. The Alaska Bar Foundation administers the IOLTA program.

Lawyers interested in applying for a judicial position or commenting on a candidate for a judicial position should contact the Alaska Judicial Council at 907-279-2526 or fax 907-276-5046. The Judicial Council conducts a bar poll on all candidates for state judicial positions.

The Alaska Court System has both criminal and civil pattern jury instructions on its website.

Copiers/Photocopies: The Anchorage Bar Association administers the copiers in the law library and state court. The copiers work on a cash system or you can buy a VendCard from the dispenser unit at the copier. If you have questions, contact the Anchorage Bar Association at 907-277-1249.

The Bar Association operates a Lawyer Referral Service. There is no charge for the referral. In Anchorage call 907-272-0352. Long distance calls within Alaska may be made toll free by calling 1-800-770-9999. If you are calling from outside Alaska, please call 907-272-0352. Hours are 8:30 a.m – 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m – 4:00 p.m., Monday – Friday.

A claim may be made against this fund to recover a loss caused by the dishonest conduct of a lawyer. View more information regarding the Lawyers’ Fund for Client Protection. Contact the Bar office for further information or an application packet.

The Bar Association sells mailing labels of its membership, which may be broken down by judicial district, zip code, substantive law section, etc. The membership roster may also be purchased electronically for $75. For more information, contact the Bar office.

Active Bar members are required to earn 3 ethics credits, encouraged to earn 9 additional credits, and required to file an MCLE Report each year. View more information about MCLE.

Mediation is a confidential and informal way to resolve a dispute with the help of a neutral third person (mediator). The mediator works with both parties to help them reach a mutually agreeable solution to their differences.

The cost to participate is an annual fee equal to the amount of Active dues per attorney/per case/per year. View more information regarding motion to participate.

Name changes must be made in affidavit form, as required by the Supreme Court. Submit affidavit of name change to the Clerk of the Appellate Courts. Affidavit must include: name as admitted, new name, and Bar number.

The phone number for the Alaska Bar Association is 907-272-7469

There are currently 24 substantive law sections. Bar members may join the first section at no charge and additional sections are $15. Non-members may become Associate (non-voting) members at a charge of $15. View more information on sections.

To change your membership status to inactive, active, retired or resigned, contact the Bar office. Requests to transfer to inactive status must be made by January 1 of the calendar year in which you wish to be inactive. Dues are not prorated if you request transfer to inactive status after January 1.

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