Nominations Sought for the Judge Nora Guinn Award


The Board of Governors is soliciting nominations for an Alaska Bar Association award honoring Alaska District Court Judge Nora Guinn of Bethel, who died July 6, 2005.  The award will be presented to a person who has made an extraordinary or sustained effort to assist Alaska’s Bush residents, especially its Native population, overcome language and cultural barriers to obtaining justice through the legal system, a goal to which Judge Guinn was firmly committed throughout her long career as a judge and community activist.


Nominations should include a detailed description of the nominee’s contributions to Alaska Natives and other Bush community residents.


Please send your nomination to the Alaska Bar Association, attn. Deborah O’Regan, Executive Director, P.O. Box 100279, Anchorage, AK 99510

or via e-mail to


Deadline:  March 16


Nomination Form


Past Award Recipients


  • 2019: Magistrate Judge Kim Sweet
  • 2018: Crystal Garrison
  • 2017: No award given
  • 2016: Chris Cooke
  • 2015: Lisa Jaeger
  • 2014: David Voluck
  • 2013: Peter Ashman
  • 2012: Magistrate Arlene Clay (Ret. and 99 years old)
  • 2011: Michael Biderman
  • 2010: No award presented.
  • 2009: Judge Richard Erlich
  • 2008: Judge Michael I. Jeffery
  • 2007: Craig McMahon (posthumous)