Alaska Satellite Campus Faculty
Faculty Director, Alaska Satellite Campus and Associate Professor, Seattle University School of Law
Christian Mukunda Halliburton is the inaugural career faculty member at the Anchorage Satellite Campus. He teaches courses in Criminal Law, Constitutional Law, Criminal Procedure, and Law and Religion.
Professor Halliburton spent several years in private firm practice, and two years clerking for the Honorable Barbara Jacobs Rothstein of the United States District Court in Seattle, before joining the faculty at Seattle University in 2002. An anthropologist by training, Professor Halliburton tends to focus his teaching and scholarship on the human aspect of the institution of legal regulation - both in terms of determining optimal regulatory regimes, and as a way of internalizing the universe of societal costs associated with such regulatory systems.
He has written articles on topics ranging from jurisprudential theories of privacy and evidentiary exclusion under the Fourth Amendment to the intersection of race and criminal law in the post-Brown v. Board of Education context. In addition to his teaching and involvement in the Seattle University School of Law community, Professor Halliburton is actively involved in the protection and pursuit of individual civil liberties as a member of the Board of Directors for the American Civil Liberties Union of Washington, and regularly provides public and media presentations on matters involving civil rights and individual freedoms.
He is a graduate of Columbia University School of Law and the University of California Berkeley.
Assistant Director, Alaska Satellite Campus
Holly Johanknecht is a lifelong Alaskan, only leaving the state to pursue her post-secondary education. She received her undergraduate degree in Political Science from Iowa State University and her law degree from Drake University School of Law where she also earned a Certificate of Legislative Practice.
After graduation from law school, Holly returned home to Alaska and began her legal career at the Disability Law Center of Alaska where she focused on federal litigation related to abuse and neglect investigations as well as government benefit appeals. After she left DLC, Holly opened a small firm specializing in estate planning and social security and veteran's disability benefits appeals.
In 2013, Holly transitioned from the active practice of law to a career in post-secondary education. She worked for three years at the University of Alaska Anchorage in the Aviation Technology Division where she worked as the Academic Advisor to over 400 students. She also served as a guest lecturer on Aviation Law and Civil Aviation Security issues.
Holly joined Seattle University School of Law's Alaska Satellite campus in 2016 and is passionate about bringing legal education to Alaska.
Bob Bundy is of counsel at Dorsey Whitney in Anchorage. He practices civil litigation in the areas of commercial and business litigation, environmental, personal injury, health care and professional malpractice, and criminal litigation in the areas of white collar and environmental matters.
He served as United States Attorney for the District of Alaska from 1994 to 2001. During that time, was on the Attorney General's Advisory Committee, where he was Chair of the Environmental Issues Subcommittee, and a member of the Native American Issues and Civil Issues Subcommittees. He was also Co-Chair of the Department of Justice Environmental Crimes Policy Committee and a member of the Senior Environmental Litigators Forum.
During his career Mr. Bundy has tried over 200 cases to juries. He has served as faculty in numerous trial advocacy programs across the country, including the National Institute for Trial Advocacy.
He is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law, and the University of Southern California.
Shannon is the Deputy Director at the Alaska Marine Conservation Council (AMCC), a non-profit organization that represents Alaskan fishermen and coastal community stakeholders in the federal fishery management process. He currently serves on the Advisory Panel of the North Pacific Fishery Management Council. Prior to joining AMCC, Shannon worked at the Alaska Legislative Affairs Agency, Wild Salmon Center, and the Alaska Superior Court.
Shannon is a former commercial fishermen and a graduate of the University of Maine School of Law, where he served as the Editor-in-Chief of the school's Ocean and Coastal Law Journal, and worked at the Conservation Law Foundation and NOAA Office of General Counsel, Alaska Section.
Suzanne R. Cole
Judge Suzanne R. Cole is a Magistrate-Judge in the Anchorage Trial Court. Suzanne was appointed to the bench in 1997, after working as an Assistant Public Defender in Kodiak and in Anchorage. Her areas of expertise include: domestic violence, domestic relations and children's cases. In addition to hearing domestic violence cases, Suzanne chairs a court-based domestic violence working group, is a founding member of the Anchorage Domestic Violence Fatality Review Task Force and recently received an award from AWAIC for dedication, hard work and compassion. Suzanne's commitment to serving victims of domestic violence has spanned almost three decades, starting as a Victim Advocate in a New York City police precinct.
Suzanne also serves as Chair of the Alaska Supreme Court Task Force on Parenting Coordination and has helped to create one of the only court-based programs in the country. Additionally she helped to expand the Early Resolution Project and was one of the first judges to preside over these settlement calendars. Suzanne has advanced training and extensive experience in mediation and settlement
Suzanne has two children, ages 21 and 16 years-old, and has lived in Alaska for 27 years.
Rich Curtner has been a public defender for 40 years. He started in the Franklin County Public Defender Office in Columbus, Ohio, while in law school. After ten years, he was an office
supervisor and felony trial attorney, handling a number of death penalty cases through trial and appeals.
In 1985, he joined the faculty at Ohio State College of Law as supervising attorney in the law school clinical programs.
Rich Curtner moved to Alaska in 1987. He spent the first five years in Alaska at the Public Defender Agency in Palmer. He joined the Federal Defender Office in 1992. After a year in private practice and a short term back at the State Public Defender Office as Training Director, in 1996 he was appointed by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals as the Federal Defender for Alaska.
As Federal Defender, Rich Curtner supervises a staff of six attorneys, with a total staff of eighteen. The office is responsible for providing indigent defense services in federal court for all of Alaska.
Judge Leslie Dickson
After working with victims of domestic violence and the homeless population as a licensed social worker for three years, Judge Leslie Dickson decided to attend law school. After her clerkship with the Alaska Superior Court in 1995, she worked as an Assistant District Attorney for eight years, first in Fairbanks, then returning to Anchorage in 2000 to prosecute sex crimes. Judge Dickson then took a position as an Assistant Public Advocate working with foster children as a Guardian ad Litem, and representing juvenile delinquents in serious felony crimes. She held that position from 2004 until 2010 when she opened her own law office, doing criminal defense and adoptions.
Judge Dickson was appointed to the Anchorage District Court in 2012, starting the job in 2013. As a district court judge, she hears misdemeanor cases punishable by up to one year in jail and hear civil cases up to $100,000, including small claims and eviction cases.
Kevin Feldis is the First Assistant United States Attorney and Criminal Division Chief for the United States Attorney's Office, District of Alaska, which employees 24 attorneys and 22 staff in Anchorage, Juneau, and Fairbanks.
He has worked for the U.S. Attorney's Office since 1999 and served two years with the United States Embassy in Azerbaijan, where he was the Resident Legal Advisor for the DOJ Office of Overseas Prosecutorial Development and Training and the Embassy Anti-Corruption Coordinator.
He previously worked for Bogle & Gates in Anchorage and Kirkland & Ellis in Washington, D.C. He was a Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable Hubert L. Will, United States District Court Judge in Chicago.
Mr. Feldis has served as a faculty member for training programs at the Department of Justice's National Advocacy Center and as instructor at local, state, national, and international training programs for prosecutors and judges
He is a graduate of the University of Chicago Law School and Yale University.
Ambur Hoffmann is currently a Partner at Ascent Law Partners, LLP. Ambur’s practice focuses around providing general corporate, business development, and other legal advice and representation to a broad array of start-up and operating companies, including those engaged in the environmental and energy space. Over the years she has served, and continues to serve, as corporate counsel to numerous early-stage technology companies, primarily focusing on issues related to entity formation and capitalization structure, as well as general corporate, due diligence, securities, financing, mergers, acquisitions, and other legal and strategic matters.
Judge Stephanie Joannides (Retired)
Judge Stephanie E. Joannides was appointed to the District Court Bench in 1994 and to the Superior Court Bench in 2000. While on the Bench, Judge Joannides presided over numerous civil and criminal cases. During her tenure, she served as Chair of the Color of Justice Program—a program designed to foster diversity in the legal profession and judiciary by encouraging students to become judges. Judge Joannides also served as a pro tem judge on the Court of (Criminal) Appeals and was the Administrative Head of the Three Judge Sentencing Panel. She began the Felony Drug and DWI Courts in Alaska and developed the Early Resolution Program with Stacey Marz—a program to assist unrepresented litigants to resolve their family law issues through mediation and the help of volunteer attorneys.
Judge Joannides retired in 2011 and is now serving as a Senior Judge handling a variety of civil and criminal matters, mediation and settlement conferences, as well as Early Resolution hearings in family law cases. Judge Joannides is a graduate of the University of Santa Clara, California with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and a law degree from Gonzaga University School of Law in Spokane, Washington.
Professor Sam Kalen joined the University of Wyoming College of Law faculty in 2009, as an assistant professor of law. Before joining the University of Wyoming, Professor Kalen practiced in Washington, D.C. for over 20 years, both in the private and public sectors. He practiced at an energy, environment and natural resources law firm, and worked in the Solicitor's Office at the Department of the Interior. He also has held various teaching positions at the University of Baltimore, Florida State University, Washington & Lee University, and Penn State University. Immediately after law school, Professor Kalen began his career as a law clerk for Justice Warren D. Welliver of the Missouri Supreme Court. Professor Kalen's research focuses on the fields of energy, environment, public lands and natural resources, administrative law, and constitutional law. He has published numerous law review articles, and is a co-author on the third edition of a West Natural Resources Law and Policy casebook. Professor Kalen also is active in the American Bar Association's Section on Environment, Energy, and Resources, having served as a Chair of two committees and Vice-Chair on several committees. He received his B.A. from Clark University, cum laude and High Honors in History and his J.D. from Washington University School of Law.
Prior to joining the Thomas Jefferson School of Law faculty in the fall of 2003, Professor Kass practiced law for close to a decade in the Seattle offices of Preston Gates & Ellis (now K&L Gates) and Heller Ehrman White & McAuliffe LLP. Her practice focused primarily in the areas of land use and environmental compliance and litigation. Prior to entering private practice, she conducted immunology research at Harvard Medical School, served as the Research Editor of the Berkeley Women's Law Journal and clerked for the Massachusetts State Superior Court.
She currently serves on the Executive Committee of the AALS Natural Resources Section, on the Editorial Board of the ABA's Natural Resources & Environment magazine, as a Vice-Chair of the ABA Endangered Species Committee, on the Law Committee of the Puget Soundkeepers Alliance, and as a faculty advisor for the TJSL Environmental Law Society and Outlaw student organizations. She has also served on the Editorial Board of the Washington State Bar Association Environmental and Land Use Law Newsletter, as Chair of the Public Interest Grant Selection Committee of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Bar Association of Washington (QLaw), and as a Visiting Professor at the University of Seattle School of Law. Her primary areas of teaching and scholarship are environmental and natural resources law.
Van Katzman is a founder of and partner in Ascent Law Partners, LLP. Van brings a pragmatic, business-centric approach in counseling companies and senior management teams, developed over twenty years working in legal, strategic and operating roles for both Fortune 500 and start-up companies. During that span, he has negotiated countless transactions, helped companies raise capital (venture, angel, and senior debt), spearheaded mergers and acquisitions, forged business development opportunities, drafted strategic business plans, counseled companies on employment, regulatory, and ethical issues, managed complex litigation, and served as a trusted sounding board to many CEOs.
Mara Kimmel has a long career in Alaskan public policy focused on issues of rights and justice. She has been on faculty at the department of Political Science at the University of Alaska Anchorage and served as the Walter J. Hickel Professor of Strategic Development and Entrepreneurship at Alaska Pacific University. She is a Senior Fellow at the Institute of the North, and is currently First Lady of the Municipality of Anchorage where she is involved with several city initiatives focused on diversity, resilience and combatting human trafficking. Mara has practiced law in Alaska since 1996, and co-founded the Alaska Institute for Justice - Alaska's only non-profit agency providing low cost immigration legal services, language access services and research and policy analysis on issues impacting human rights in Alaska. Prior to becoming a lawyer, Mara worked with Alaska Native tribes on environmental governance issues. Mara is the recipient of the Alaska Bar Association's Distinguished Service Award, and currently serves on the Supreme Court's Access to Civil Justice Committee. Mara has a PhD in Environmental Sciences and Policy from Central European University (2015), a J.D. from the University of Minnesota (1996), a Master's Degree for the University of Alaska Fairbanks (1990 - Natural Resources Management), and a bachelor's degree from the University of California (1986 - Political Science).
Mark W. Kroloff
Mark Kroloff is a principal of First Alaskan Capital Partners, LLC, a private investment firm that focuses on telecommunications, energy, and financial services. He has led investment and financing transactions for businesses ranging from start-ups through mature-stage companies.
He previously oversaw operations and investment activity as Chief Operating Officer of two of the leading Alaska Native corporations, Arctic Slope Regional Corporation and Cook Inlet Region, Inc. He is also a managing member of Anchorage Opportunity Fund, LLC, an angel investment vehicle that is part of the 49th State Angel program.
Mr. Kroloff is a member of the boards of directors of General Communication, Inc. (publicly-traded integrated communications provider); Trilogy International Partners, LLC (private international wireless provider with public debt); CITC Enterprises, Inc. (tribal social enterprise investment company); and Free-To-Eat, Inc. (start-up maker of delicious allergen-free and gluten-free foods).
He began his career as a lawyer with the Los Angeles firm of Munger, Tolles & Olson, LLP. He served as a law clerk to the Honorable James K. Logan, Circuit Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.
He was awarded the Bryan P. Timbers pro bono award by the Alaska Bar Association, 2013, and appointed by Chief Justice of Alaska Supreme Court to task forces on access to civil justice and diversity, fairness, and equality in the law. He is a former Chair, of the Alaska Native Law section of the Alaska Bar Association
He is a graduate of the University of Texas School of Law and Claremont McKenna College.
Lisa M. Marchese
Lisa M. Marchese recently joined Davis Wright Tremaine LLP as a partner and is resident in the firm's Seattle office. She is one of the Northwest's leading commercial litigators and has tried to verdict over 100 jury trials in both state and federal courts.
Her 27 years of litigation expertise including trying complex cases involving construction claims, government contracts, commercial disputes, and product liability matters. She also has extensive experience before Boards of Contract Appeals, arbitration panels, federal and state government boards, and other tribunals throughout the United States.
While at the firm of Dorsey & Whitney, she was the head of its Seattle and Anchorage Trial Departments.
Ms. Marchese is listed as one of America's Leading Business Lawyers by Chambers USA (Litigation: General Commercial), listed in Best Lawyers in America for Commercial Litigation and Construction Law, and was named one of the Top 50 Washington Women Super Lawyers.
She is on the Board of Directors for the Washington Defense Trial Lawyers Association.
She is a graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center and Catholic University.
Stacey Marz has been the Director of the Alaska Court System Family Law Self Help Center since 2003. In this position she oversees the statewide program for self-represented litigants in family law cases, including management of staff attorneys and facilitators. She also manages the court's self-help websites and forms development for appeals to the Supreme Court, guardianship and conservatorship and probate estates. Stacey also trains judicial officers and court staff on how to work effectively with self-represented litigants and limited English proficient litigants through interpreters. She co-founded the innovative Early Resolution Program that mass calendars newly filed contested divorce and custody cases and uses pro bono unbundled attorneys and court mediators to help self-represented litigants resolve their disputes usually in one court hearing. Stacey is a member of the Alaska Supreme Court's Civil Rules, Family Rules and Access to Justice Committees as well as the Elder Law Task Force and Parenting Coordinator Working Group.
Stacey has presented at local, state and national conferences on communicating effectively with self-represented litigants, writing for a low literacy audience, and how to provide legal information and not advice. Stacey authored a book chapter on the Family Law Self-Help Center for the Association of Family and Conciliation Court's innovation in courts series. She also wrote the self-help center curriculum for the Self-Representation Litigation Network's national conference for court administrators. Stacey is a certified court manager and certified court executive from the National Center for State Courts and in their fellows program.
Prior to working for the Alaska Court System, Stacey was a staff attorney for Trustees for Alaska and Alaska Legal Services. She has also worked as a fish conservation manager in Anchorage, a contract attorney and policy consultant and a legal consultant in Hanoi, Vietnam. Stacey clerked for the Alaska Supreme Court from 1993-1995 after graduating from the University of Oregon School of Law. She received her Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Florida.
Steve Seward is a founder of and partner in Ascent Law Partners, LLP, in Seattle. His practice focuses primarily on business counseling on the financial, legal, regulatory and governance issues faced by startup and operating companies and business transactions. Much of his work involves representation of Alaska Native Corporations in business operations and transactions, natural resource development and implementation of the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act.
Mr. Seward previously a partner in Van Ness Feldman, LLP (2011-2013), had a solo practice (2000-2011) and was a partner (1989-2000) in Wickwire Greene Crosby Brewer & Seward, a firm he co-founded. He began his law practice in 1986 with Wickwire Goldmark & Schorr.
Before law school, he worked for the State of Idaho, where he was State Budget Director, managing an agency responsible for the state's budget, tax policy, state expenditures and economic forecasts. Earlier, Steve was the Senior Assistant to the Governor of Idaho.
He is a graduate of Harvard Law School and the University of Texas. He earned an LL.M. in taxation from the University of Washington.
Judge Eric Smith (Retired)
Judge Eric Smith was appointed as a Superior Court judge in Palmer in 1996 and retired in 2016. His caseload covered criminal cases, civil cases, child protective cases, juvenile cases, and probate cases. He served as Vice Chair of the Fairness, Diversity and Equality Committee, Chair of the Criminal Pattern Instructions Committee, and Administrative Head of the Three Judge Sentencing Panel, and was a member of the Judicial Conduct Commission. Judge Smith received the Community Outreach Award from the Alaska Supreme Court in 2016. Judge Smith focused heavily on alternative dispute resolution, and remains responsible for implementing court rules that authorize judges to refer criminal cases to tribes and other organizations for their recommendations on sentencing.
Prior to coming to Alaska in 1982, Judge Smith worked in the General Counsel's Office of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. He became the Executive Director of Trustees for Alaska in Anchorage in 1982. In 1986, he opened his own office working primarily on tribal and environmental issues. His clients included the Rural Alaska Community Action Program, citizen groups, and a number of tribes and village governments throughout the state. The Alaska Federation of Natives presented him with the Denali Award in 1996 in recognition of his work on behalf of Alaska Natives.
Judge Smith is a graduate of Yale Law School and Swarthmore College.
Judge Sen Tan (Retired)
Judge Sen K. Tan was appointed to the superior court in 1996. He earned a Bachelor of Arts with Honors in Law from the University of Kent at Canterbury, in England in 1978 and he received his law degree from Northeastern School of Law in 1982. He came to Alaska in 1982 to work as a law clerk for Superior Court Judge Brian C. Shortell in Anchorage.
He remained in the public sector in Anchorage throughout his career; as an Assistant Public Defender from 1983-1989, then as an Assistant Attorney General from 1989-1996, and finally as a Superior Court Judge for 17 years, over two years of that time as the Presiding Judge for the Third Judicial District. During his time on the bench he served as Chair of the Civil Pattern Jury Instructions Committee, Co-Chair of the Child in Need of Aid Court Improvement Committee, and as a member of the Alaska Supreme Court’s Fairness, Diversity and Equality Committee, Domestic Violence Committee, and the Family Law Self-Help Committee.
Christine V. Williams
Christine V. Williams is the founder of Outlook Law, LLC, a full service government contracting law firm. Prior to starting her own firm Christine was a partner at two international law firms and specialized in government contracting. Additionally, Christine is the former vice president and general counsel for the Bering Straits Native Corporation.
Christine is widely recognized for her expertise in government contracting and speaks nationally several times a year on the subject. She also counsels companies on the procurement and administration of government contracts across all agencies. She has especially deep experience in the SBA and Section 8(a) programs. This breadth and depth of experience has served her clients well, including her Alaskan Native Corporation clients, who perform on government contracts throughout the U.S. and globally for a variety of agencies.
Born and raised in Alaska, Christine is a past president of the Anchorage Association of Women Lawyers and was one of the longest serving Board members. She is appointed by the Alaska Supreme Court to serve on the Court's Fairness, Diversity, and Equality Committee. She is also an adjunct instructor teaching a master's level class on government contracting at Alaska Pacific University as part of its Alaska Native Executive Leadership Program.
She is a graduate of Santa Clara School of Law and the University of Alaska.
Joan Wilson serves as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Alaska, Department of Law. She represents the Department of Commerce, Division of Corporations, Business, and Professional Licensing on professional licensing matters governs over sixty professions in Alaska, half of them health care related.
Over her twenty years as an attorney in Alaska, she has worked as the Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer for the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, Of Counsel at Sonosky Chambers Sachse Miller & Munson LLP and as a senior associate at Davis Wright Tremaine. Ms. Wilson has also served as an Assistant Attorney General for the Department of Health and Social Services on HIPAA compliance matters, as an Assistant District Attorney, and as a law clerk to the Honorable H. Russel Holland for the United States District Court, District of Alaska. Much of her career has focused on health care law, including HIPAA, fraud and abuse, physician contracting, and health care facility and professional licensing.
Ms. Wilson was graduated magna cum laude from Northwestern School of Law at Lewis and Clark College and with honors from Northwestern University. She holds a M.F.A. from the University of Alaska at Anchorage. She is the co-founder and former of Chair of the Healthcare Law Section of the Alaska Bar Association.
Mark Worcester is retired from ConocoPhillips (formerly Phillips and ARCO), where he worked in the Legal Department for 22 years. His career focused primarily on issues related to development and operation of the Prudhoe Bay oil field and its satellite fields, the efforts to commercialize the huge Prudhoe and Pt. Thomson gas resources, and Cook Inlet gas sales. Prior to his work for the oil industry, he worked for eight years in the Oil, Gas and Mining section of the Alaska Department of Law, the last two years as supervising attorney.
Mr. Worcester began his professional career as a law clerk to former U.S. District Judge Donald S. Voorhees in Seattle, Washington. His other work prior to his oil and gas law career included work as a prosecutor in King County, Washington for two years, and four years in private civil litigation practice.
He is a graduate of the University of Washington School of Law and Brown University.