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Address & Office Hours
The mailing address for the Alaska Bar Association is PO Box 100279 Anchorage, AK 99510-0279.  The physical address is 840 K Street, Suite 100, Anchorage, AK 99501.  Office hours are 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday - Friday.

Address Changes
Bar members need to notify the Alaska Bar Association within 10 days of name, address, and telephone number changes.  Change your address online at myalaskabar.org; or download the address change form and send it to the Bar office at info@alaskabar.org or by fax to 907-272-2932.

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

Bar Dues
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 1.

Bar Foundation
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.

Bar Rag
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. 

Certificate of Good Standing
Certificates of Good Standing are provided by the Bar Association at no charge.  If you need a certificate directly from the Alaska Supreme Court, please call the Appellate Clerk’s office at 907-264-0612.

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

Continuing Legal Education (CLE)
View information on live and recorded CLE programs

Email Address
Our email address is info@alaskabar.org.  View individual email addresses for bar staff.

Ethics Opinions: Formal Request
A formal request for an ethics opinion should be addressed to the Ethics Committee c/o the Alaska Bar Association, PO Box 100279 Anchorage, AK 99510-0279.  Otherwise, all Alaska Bar Ethics Opinions can be found on this website. View the opinions.

Ethics: Informal Ethics Advice for Attorneys
Bar members who have questions about ethics may call Bar Counsel at 907-272-7469.

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

Fee Arbitration
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.

Insurance (health, life, disability)
The Bar sponsors group medical, life and disability programs for Bar members. Contact Hagen Insurance at 907-561-8040 or fax 907-561-8041. www.hageninsurance.com

IOLTA
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.  

Judicial Selection Process
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.

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

Law Library Copy Cards
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.

Lawyer Referral Service
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 noon and 1:00 p.m - 4:00 p.m., Monday - Friday.

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

Mailing Labels
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 on disk for $75. For more information, contact the Bar office.

Malpractice Insurance

  • Attorneys Liability Protection Society (ALPS) - This is the Bar sponsored malpractice insurance program.
    800-367-4366 or 406-728-3113
    www.alpsnet.com
  • Alaska USA Insurance Brokers
    907-561-1250 or 800-478-1251
  • Hagen Insurance
    907-561-8040
  • MARSH USA
    907-276-5617

Mandatory CLE (MCLE)
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
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.

Motion to Participate by a Non-Alaskan Attorney
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
Name changes must be made in affidavit form, as required by the Supreme Court.  Submit affidavit of name change to Cheryl Jones at the Appellate Court (303 K Street, 4th Floor Anchorage, AK 99501).  Affidavit must include: Name as admitted, new name, Bar number, and new contact information.

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

Sections
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.

Status Changes
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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