Alaska Satellite Campus Faculty

Christian HalliburtonChristian Halliburton

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. 

Christian HalliburtonHolly Johanknecht

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.

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.

Kevin Feldis

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. 

Jon Goltz

Jon is Senior Counsel in the Legal Department at ConocoPhillips Alaska, where his practice concentrates on permitting and regulatory compliance. He previously worked on fisheries and lands issues in the Natural Resources Section of the Alaska Department of Law, and pursued a litigation practice with Holmes Weddle & Barcott. Jon clerked at the Washington State Court of Appeals after getting his law degree in 1996 from the University of Washington, where he was the Editor-in-Chief of the Pacific Rim Law & Policy Journal. Jon serves on the board of Great Land Trust, and is a graduate of St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, and Bartlett High School, in Anchorage, Alaska.

Madeline Kass

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. 

Mara Kimmel

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).

Paul J. Miovas, Jr.

Paul Miovas is a 15-year career prosecutor who currently serves as the Director of the State of Alaska Medicaid Fraud Control Unit. In 1998, he obtained a Bachelor of Arts with a major in English Literature and a minor in Philosophy. Paul earned his Juris Doctorate from Georgia State University in 2002. That same year, Paul began his career as a prosecutor when he joined the Douglas County District Attorney's Office in his hometown in Georgia. Paul was an Assistant District Attorney there until 2005, when he accepted a position as an Assistant Attorney General on the small island-nation of Palau. He served as a criminal prosecutor for Palau until he accepted a position with the Anchorage District Attorney's Office in late 2007. While working for the State of Alaska, Paul has served as a line prosecutor in the Anchorage Special Assaults Unit (the unit responsible for prosecuting sexual-based felonies and crimes against children), the statewide cold-case prosecutor, the supervisor of the Special Assault Unit and a supervisor of a trial team. Prior to his current position, Paul's career has primarily focused on prosecuting sexual assault offenses, crimes against children and homicides.

In his spare time, Paul enjoys hiking with his dog Ollie, fishing, and travelling around the world with his wife, Karen.

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.

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