Ketchikan Superior Court Judge Trevor Stephens is one of thirteen candidates who applied to the Alaska Judicial Council for the open Alaska Supreme Court position.
Justice Walter “Bud” Carpeneti holds that position now, and will retire in January.
Stephens has practiced law primarily in Alaska for 27 years. He was the district attorney here before then-Gov. Tony Knowles appointed him to the Superior Court position in 2000.
The Judicial Council announced the candidates Thursday afternoon. The announcement said that the Council evaluation will include a survey of Alaska Bar members and personal interviews. A public hearing in Anchorage also will be scheduled.
Following the evaluation, the Judicial Council will select at least two nominees. The governor then will choose from the nominees within 45 days.
Other applicants are state judges and attorneys from throughout Alaska. Other Southeast applicants are Chief Assistant Attorney General Susan Cox, Superior Court Judge Philip Pallenberg, and Chief Administrative Law Judge Terry Thurbon, all of Juneau.