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Team BHBC raises $2,900 for the American Diabetes Association

Written by:  Katie Davies For the second year in a row, members of Birch Horton Bittner & Cherot competed in the Tour de Cure bike race in Anchorage to raise money for the American Diabetes Association. Jack McKenna, Anmei Goldsmith, Katie Davies, Peggy Crowe, Rachel Crowe (l to r) Team BHBC proudly raised [...]

August 14th, 2018|

The Importance of Play and Engaging Your Children in Sports: A Parent’s Journey

Written By: Aaron D. Sperbeck Child’s play is not just all fun and games; rather the act of play is a crucial component in the growth and development of the adolescent brain, body, and intellect. Numerous studies conducted over the years consistently demonstrate how young people learn and prove that, especially in children, they acquire [...]

July 14th, 2018|

Countering the Trend of Women Leaving the Practice of Law at the Height of their Careers

Written by Lisa Ross According to American Bar Association (“ABA”) research,[1] many women are leaving the legal profession in record numbers at what should be the height of their careers.  Although women enter the legal profession in numbers equivalent to men, and outnumber men in law school,[2] a process of attrition occurs over the years.  [...]

July 2nd, 2018|

What Does the Janus Decision Mean to Alaska Municipalities and Public Employee Unions?

Written by Will Earnhart On June 27, the United States Supreme Court released its opinion in Janus v. American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, Council 31,  No. 16-1466 (June 27, 2018), forbidding states from enforcing mandatory union membership of employees, expressly overturning its 1977 decision in Abood v. Detroit Board of Education. This was [...]

June 27th, 2018|

Supreme Court Clears Way for Local Governments to Tax Internet Sales

Written by:  Jack McKenna Today the Supreme Court of the United States opened up a new and potentially significant revenue stream to municipalities in Alaska. In South Dakota v. Wayfair Inc., the Court ruled that companies no longer need to have a physical presence in a state in order for that state to require the [...]

June 21st, 2018|

BHBC Supports Alaska’s Run for Women – It’s a Win-Win!

Written by:  Jennifer C. Alexander 2018 Winning Port-a-Potty: Birch Horton Bittner & Cherot's "Explore The Tetons" As a healthcare lawyer, I regularly deal with issues on behalf of my clients which can be divisive or require a balance of competing interests, such as privacy concerns, patient rights, the rising costs of healthcare, ethical [...]

June 13th, 2018|

Deadlines are Looming: HUBZone and SBA 8(a) Regulations are Changing!

Written by Jon M. DeVore The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced that it is holding three consultations to solicit input and suggestions from Native American Tribes (Tribes) and Alaska Native Corporations (ANCs) to eliminate burdensome regulations and procurement procedures in the HUBZone and the SBA’s Minority Business Development Program (8(a)) . The first consultation [...]

May 30th, 2018|

BHBC Represents at Historic Anchorage Event – The Miners and Trappers Ball

BHBC's "miners" (left to right), Holly Wells, Lori Brownlee, Sarah Badten, Katie Davies. Written by:  Lori Brownlee Late February and early March is a festive time in Anchorage, Alaska.  That’s when the locals celebrate Fur Rendezvous (known as “Fur Rondy”), a winter festival with the dual purpose of commemorating Anchorage’s Last Frontier history [...]

May 11th, 2018|

The Intersection Between Free Speech and Defamation

Written by:  David Karl Gross The widespread use of Facebook, Twitter, and other social media forums, has caused the amount of information being exchanged to hit unprecedented levels.  A culture has developed where it is noteworthy to share the minutia of everyday living, including what you had for dinner, where you are traveling, and who [...]

April 24th, 2018|

The Legal Maze of Small-Time Gold Dredging in Alaska

WRITTEN BY:  Adam Cook Nome has been the epicenter of gold mining in Alaska since the Alaska Gold Rush blasted off in 1898.  Prospectors and miners have been finding gold deposits in the hills and creek beds around Nome for over a century.  They have also been finding placer gold (i.e., unrefined gold) in the [...]

April 14th, 2018|