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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|

The U.S. Supreme Court Reviews the Right to Criticize Government

Written by:  Katie Davies If you’ve ever attended a city council meeting, you’re likely to agree that the public comments on any given topic can range anywhere from the benign to the bizarre.  As a municipal law attorney who attends city council meetings all over the state, the public comments are my favorite part of [...]

March 8th, 2018|

Meeting the Challenges of Electronic Discovery

Written By: Bobbie J. Manson During litigation, state and federal courts require parties to participate in a process called discovery. This involves each party exchanging all relevant documents and data with all of the other parties to the litigation. Depending on the subject of the litigation, this can be either a short process or an [...]

February 23rd, 2018|

Legal and Ethical Challenges Associated with Mental Health in the Last Frontier: A Primer for Alaskan Families

Written by:  Aaron Sperbeck Alaska is home to over 739,000 people from many different and unique walks of life.[1] Mental health continues to be a matter of public concern in Alaska’s ever-growing and aging population.  In 2014 alone, more than 33,000 Alaskans self-reported suffering from a Serious Mental Illness (“SMI”).[2] It is estimated that one [...]

January 25th, 2018|