The Alaska State Bar was formally organized and founded in 1955 with M.E. Monagle serving as its first president. However, its origins actually date to 1886 when it essentially served as an informal gentlemen’s club that would meet in Juneau on a regular basis.
This informal association did not regulate the legal profession in the state or the conduct of its members. Instead, it only required members to pay a dollar each year in order to maintain their memberships in the association.
Today, however, the Alaska State Bar serves a far greater purpose that includes providing Continued Legal Education or CLE to lawyers in the state. The state bar is a mandatory or integrated association, requiring all lawyers who want to practice law in the state to join the state bar. It currently has more than 4000 members.
Along with providing continued education for members, the Alaska State Bar also provides services to the public. In the month of October each year, for example, it hosts statewide pro bono events that encourage members to take cases for the public at no cost. People who want to have their cases handled pro bono by members of the Alaska State Bar can visit its website to find out what state bar members are participating in this event.
The state bar in Alaska also serves as an educational resource for children and teenagers in the state. On its website, the state bar makes available numerous online publications that educate teenager and adolescents about the legal profession and what kind of work lawyers carry out on a regular basis. The youth law guide is free to access and can be found on the state bar’s homepage.
For members of the Alaska State Bar, the homepage also is an important resource that helps them keep their membership information current and accurate. Members can pay their annual dues on the state bar website. They can also update their addresses and contact phone numbers using the member login resources.
People who are on the lookout for an Alaskan lawyer can also use the state bar’s website at no cost. The Alaska Lawyer directory link provides current information about what lawyers belong to the state bar and can handle cases in various legal specialties.
The Alaska State Bar is located at 840 K Street Suite 100 in Anchorage, Alaska 99501. The mailing address is PO Box 100279, Anchorage, Alaska, 99510.