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|

Business Entity Formation 101

Written By:  Kristy Garrett A reoccurring question that commonly arises in the area of commercial transactions is, “What type of legal entity should I form for my business?”  The answer to that question depends on, among other factors, the type, the size, the management, and the intended purpose of the business.  There are many important [...]

January 5th, 2018|

Repealing Alaska’s Civil Case Reporting Requirement

Written by:  Sarah A. Badten After practicing law in Alaska for about a year, I began to question the requirements of AS 09.68.130, Alaska Civil Rule 41(a)(3) and Appellate Rule 511(e), all of which required the submission of information about the resolution of civil cases to the Alaska Judicial Counsel when a case was dismissed.  [...]

December 21st, 2017|

Leslie Wheelock Joins BHBC’s Washington DC Office

Birch Horton Bittner & Cherot is pleased to announce that Leslie Wheelock has joined the firm as Of Counsel, focusing on Tribal Business and Community Development, 8(a) matters, Government Contracting, Telecommunications/Technology and related Tribal Federal Policy in its Washington, DC office. Most recently Leslie served at the US Department of Agriculture as a Departmental Officer, [...]

December 12th, 2017|

Elections May Have Consequences in Regard to Labor Law

Written by:  William A. Earnhart The newly appointed General Counsel to the NLRB, Peter B. Robb, issued a memorandum of “Mandatory Submission to Advice” on December 1, 2017, rescinding several of his predecessor’s policy memoranda and indicating a second look at a number of policy positions advanced under the Obama administration. The relatively short memorandum [...]

December 11th, 2017|

Jason Brandeis To Speak At Marijuana Business Law Seminar

Written by:  Jason Brandeis The commercial marijuana industry in Alaska continues to grow. As this recent Anchorage Daily News article reported, the state collected nearly $1 million in marijuana tax revenue in October, and the industry has generated nearly $5 million in taxes during its first year of existence. The interest in this industry and [...]

December 5th, 2017|

Joint Ventures: Calculating Performance of Work Requirements & Subcontracting Limitations

Written by:  Carissa Siebeneck Anderson Joint ventures have always been a popular tool for small businesses, but with the introduction of the All Small Business Mentor Protégé Program, joint ventures seem to be even more common.  There has been much discussion of the SBA’s subcontracting limitations, but calculating compliance can get a little tricky when [...]

December 1st, 2017|

Impact of SB54 – Alaskan Municipalities and Amended State Criminal Laws

Written by:  Jack R. McKenna Alaska's criminal statutes have undergone significant revision in the last two years.  Many of those modifications to state law have necessitated corresponding changes to various Alaskan communities' municipal codes.  On November 26, Governor Walker signed Senate Bill 54 ("SB54"), making additional significant changes to the state's criminal statutes. Those changes [...]

November 28th, 2017|