ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles has made his last judicial appointments, naming two lawyers in private practice to handle civil cases in Anchorage Superior Court.
Knowles on Friday appointed John Suddock and Philip Volland to replace Judge Eric Sanders, who is retiring in February, and Judge Elaine Andrews, who already has retired but takes occasional cases.
Suddock and Volland expect to take office after Feb. 1.
Suddock, 54, of Suddock & Schleuss, was a public defender here for three years after graduating from the University of California Berkeley in 1975. He is the son of a pioneer family that came to Alaska in the 30s.
Volland, 51, came to Alaska in the late 1970s as a Legal Services Corp. attorney and went into private practice in 1980. During the '80s he brought a successful class action suit against the state over prison conditions, known as the Cleary case.
Earlier this year, he defended the Alaska Redistricting Board's proposed election district reapportionment plan against claims that it favored Democrats. The plan was largely overturned by the Alaska Supreme Court.
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