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Appellate Law


Dario Borghesan
Alaska Department of Law
1031 W. 4th Avenue, Suite 200
Anchorage, AK  99501
Phone:  907-269-5100

Joanne M. Grace
Department of Law
1031 W. 4th Avenue, Suite 200
Anchorage, AK  99501
Phone:  907-276-3500

Kate Demarest
Dorsey & Whitney
1031 W. 4th Avenue, Suite 600
Anchorage, AK  99501
Phone:  907-269-5275

This section meets on the second Wednesday of odd-numbered months. 




1/15/2014 – Appellate Law Section - Pro Bono Appeals
.75 Ethics Credit

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Appellate Law Pro Bono Project - 11/24/2014

Projects Needing Attorneys

Project for the Alaska Network on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault. Appeal to Supreme Court of a family law matter. Trial Judge was Judge Smith. Points on Appeal include whether the trial court erred in failing to set on an evidentiary hearing when there was a substantial change of circumstances and whether the trial court erred in failing to impute income to the opposing party. The client has filed the appeal, including Points on Appeal and Designation of the Record, and the opening brief is due in January 2015.
Contact Christine Pate, 907-225-1910 or about this opportunity.

Project for ALSC. A woman from Nenana has an appeal of an unfavorable decision regarding her Native Allotment Application. ALSC has the Decision from the Bureau of Land Management and the Post Hearing Brief submitted by ALSC on behalf of the client. The BLM’s decision was entered in October 2013, and the client has 6 years to appeal to the federal district court. Contact Laura Goss, ALSC, at 222-4521 or

Project for ALSC. Client is pursuing an appeal of the denial of Supplemental Security Income. The appeal is currently in the federal district court. Client has been attempting to represent himself in this appeal, but it is extremely difficult, especially at this stage. He would greatly benefit from an advocate to assist him with completing the federal district court appeal. Please note the client failed to file his opening brief and it appears to have been due on or about November 8th. ALSC has spoken with him and he is going to request an additional 60 days to file his brief. Contact Laura Goss, ALSC, at 222-4521 or

Questions can be directed to Section Chairs:
Jahna Lindemuth, Partner, Dorsey & Whitney, 257-7828
Joanne Grace, Assistant Attorney General, 269-5237
Dario Borghesan, Assistant Attorney General, 269-5720

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