Every other year, the Alaska Law Review partners with the University of Alaska – Anchorage Justice Center and the Alaska Bar Association to bring together a wide community of students, lawyers, academics, and judges to the state of Alaska to discuss the current and pressing legal issues facing the state of Alaska. For each Symposium, we invite a variety of speakers to discuss a particular theme in the Alaskan legal landscape. In 2014, we focused on the issues and environmental and economic changes facing Alaska’s northern frontier. In 2016, we focused on the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act and its changing implications for Natives across Alaska. In 2018, we focused on exploring the historical context of the Alaska Constitution. In 2020, we focused on election law in Alaska. In 2022, we focused on Alaska and the environment.
Along with each Symposium event, the Alaska Law Review publishes a “Symposium Publication” issue, with articles and notes related to the Symposium topic found therein. The articles from each presenting panelist will be made available to symposium attendees prior to the event. Finally, the beginning of the issue will include a brief summary of each component of the symposium (i.e., the keynote and each panel).
Through the symposium, we hope to reach a number of different groups, including:
As Alaska’s only legal journal, it is our duty to provide a forum in which lawyers and academicians can discuss the pressing law and policy issues that face our northernmost state. The goal of the symposium is to foster an open discussion about emerging law and policy issues in Alaska. Furthermore, by creating an expansive dialogue that incorporates diverse interests groups, including lawyers, members of judiciary, industry officials, Alaska Native communities and corporations, citizen groups, non-profits, government officials, and academia, we hope to facilitate equitable and effective resolution of many of these issues.
Please find highlights from past Symposiums below: