The Kenai Courthouse will soon have a full bench, thanks to the appointment of Carl Bauman to fill the Superior Court judgeship vacated with the retirement of Judge Harold Brown.
Judge Bauman, who has been in private practice with the same law firm in Anchorage since he graduated from Oregon Law School in 1973, was appointed by Gov. Sarah Palin on Friday.
"I'm very honored by the appointment," Bauman said from his Anchorage office Friday. "The key word is 'humbled.'"
He said he looks forward to working with the Kenai court, and he expects to relocate sometime in the next two months.
Bauman's trial experience includes a four-month-long civil trial in Kenai, presided over by then Administrative Judge Jonathan Link, who died in March 2003 at age 59.
Bauman is the third judge appointed in Kenai this year.
Judge Anna Moran, who had been a District Court magistrate in Kenai, was appointed to a newly created Superior Court judgeship in March. In June, Sharon Illsley was appointed as a District Court judge, replacing David Landry.
Although the appointment of Bauman fills all the judgeships in Kenai, Superior Court Judge Charles Huguelet is slated to be deployed with the U.S. Air Force to the Multinational Security Transition Command-Iraq. An instructor with the Judge Advocate General's staff, he expects to be helping Iraqis with the financial end of rebuilding projects.
Bauman, 60, replaces Brown, who retired in June, after serving as a Superior Court judge in Kenai for 11 years. A former executive editor of the Oregon Law Review, Bauman once left college to join the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves in 1969.
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