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What the Bar Cannot Do

Ethical Grievances: What the Bar Cannot Do

You should be aware of what the Alaska Bar Association cannot do:

  • The Bar Association does not investigate complaints about judges. Complaints against Alaska judges should be referred to the Alaska Commission on Judicial Conduct.
  • The Bar Association cannot remove a judge or assign a different judge to your case.
  • The Bar Association does not investigate complaints against lawyers who are not licensed in Alaska. Complaints usually must be filed in the state where the lawyer is licensed. Contact our office if you need attorney disciplinary agencies in other states.
  • The Bar Association cannot direct the Public Defender Agency, the Office of Public Advocacy (OPA), or any other public assistance agency to assign your case to a new attorney.

A client may end his/her relationship with a lawyer for any reason. However, not every reason is grounds for the Bar to discipline the attorney.

For more information, please call the Alaska Bar Association at 907-272-7469.

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