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On September 27, 2012, Christopher Slottee, a partner with Atkinson Conway & Gagnon, will be participating in a seminar on Commercial & Residential Landlord-Tenant Law. Mr. Slottee will be presenting information and materials on Alaska law regarding residential leases and the obligations of landlords and tenants. Other topics that will be addressed at the seminar include commercial lease issues, the eviction process, and when a tenant or landlord file for bankruptcy.

The seminar is being organized by Sterling Education Services. You can register for the seminar at this link.

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It has happened without anyone much noticing. The year end has snuck up on us here at the worldwide headquarters of the Alaska Law Blog, and we are completely unprepared. It might be that we have been too busy actually practicing law these days to spend any time blogging about it. Or it might be that we’ve frittered away too much time staring out the window at Russia over the way there. (No wait! That might actually be the Mat Su Valley across the Inlet. Does Vladimir Putin even wear Carhartts?)

But regardless of the cause for our lassitude (and no, I don’t mean a collie dog with a chip on its shoulder), we have been unable to compile our annual list of Alaska law highlights for the year. (OK, so we only actually did that once.) Since Gov. Palin resigned there hasn’t been all that much of note going on anyway. The replacement unit, Gov. Parnell, has conducted himself in a much more level-headed manner. It’s probably just a coincidence that the replacement unit is a lawyer himself.

wayneslist.jpg So we have to confess that the Features Desk here at the Alaska Law Blog has fallen down on the job and cannot produce the annual list. To make amends to our reader out there, I’ve compiled a list of other people’s law-related lists. Hey, I know it’s filching. But in the law business this is an accepted practice. Original thinking usually means your motion will be denied or your case dismissed.

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The Alaska Law Blog is completely apolitical. We withhold our campaign contributions from the left and the right in equal measure. We have no agenda, save that which advances the cause of unmuddied legal thinking in the Last Frontier.

But sometimes the political circus overwhelms our studied apathy. The announcement yesterday on former Governor Sarah Palin’s new book, Going Rogue: An American Life, and the frenzy thereby unleashed, have overtopped the restraints we have erected. The book hasn’t even been released for the public to read yet and still every media outlet and blog is abuzz over it.

RED791_300.jpgBut this book by the phantom Governor is not all bad news. It has yielded its co-author a handsome monetary advance. The upwelling tizzy over it will sell a great many copies and lead to a gutpile of royalties. (The book is already tops on Amazon’s bestseller list.) With these earnings, the Governor-who-isn’t will be able to now pay a very large outstanding bill that she owes to the fine Alaska attorneys who successfully fended off the ethics complaints made against her.

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Alaska is celebrating 50 years of statehood this year. Speaking as a 50-plus year old guy, I know what comes next. That’s right, it’s time for Alaska to get a colonoscopy.

No doubt the State could really benefit from a good cleansing and inspection of its lower tract. All the nastiness the federal gummint, the oil companies and the politicians have shoved down Alaska’s throat over the years had to end up somewhere. We need to be sure those hazardous materials are out of the way to prepare for the smooth operation of the State for the next 50 years. Sure, these medical procedures can be expensive, but I think we could use federal stimulus money to pay for it. It ought to qualify as a shovel-ready infrastructure project since it’s critical maintenance of Alaska’s Old Dirt Road.

6a00e55007cfb1883400e5534c305e8833-800wi.jpg I can just imagine our Official State Gastroenterologist, Dr. Ashman, performing the procedure. The Doc will slip the colonoscope into Alaska’s anal canal, which is otherwise known as the State Capitol Building in Juneau. A little lubrication may be required to do the job properly. The usual lubricant for that location would probably work best. So the Doc is going to have to slip the Sergeant-At-Arms guarding the door a little cold hard cash.

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It seems every media outlet and blogger is trotting out a top ten list for 2008. The “Top Ten News Stories of 2008.” The “Top Ten Celebrity Meltdowns of 2008.” Even the “Top Ten Douchebags of 2008.”

The Alaska Law Blog has to get in on this action. But there is no way I have the time to put together a list with ten things on it. So I’ve pared it back to just five entries. Hey, you get what you pay for. In this case, you only paid for a half-assed top ten list and that is exactly what you’re getting.

So, here are the top five law-related items of riveting interest for 2008:

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I saw my first ghost bike in Anchorage this morning. It was a somber shock for a Friday morning commute.

The ghost was leaning against a sign, in the median strip of C Street, at the intersection with 40th. It was a true apparition. The headlights from the passing traffic swept across it in the morning dark. The stark white bicycle gleamed back at the motorists, standing as a silent witness to the transgression of one of them.

Picture%20003.jpgI’m not sure how many folks in Anchorage know what a ghost bike is. A ghost bike appears at the location where a bicyclist has been killed or seriously injured. According to, ghost bikes first began to be seen in St. Louis in 2003. They are memorials to a life that has been lost or damaged, and they are protests against the sometimes terrible dominance of the internal combustion engine. Their numbers have been increasing across the country and now the world. But I’ve never seen one in Alaska. That is, not until today.