Judges appointed for Kenai, Juneau, Bethel, Court of Appeals

Gov. Bill Walker has announced the appointment of four new judges to the Alaska Court of Appeals and the Kenai, Juneau and Bethel Superior Courts.

Bethany Harbison, presiding Superior Court Judge for the Fourth Judicial District in Fairbanks, was named to the Court of Appeals.

Harbison, a 1993 graduate of Harvard Law School, has practiced law in Alaska for almost 25 years. She has clerked for Superior Court Judge Mary Greene, worked as a public defender and magistrate judge.

Terrence Haas, supervisor for the Bethel and Dillingham public defender offices for the past decade, will join the Bethel Superior Court. A 2007 graduate of Roger Williams University School of Law, Haas clerked for the Rhode Island Supreme Court before moving to Bethel.

Judge Daniel Schally, who is joining the Juneau Superior Court, has practiced law in Alaska for over 20 years. He clerked in Kodiak and worked as an assistant district attorney for Southeast Alaska before becoming a district court judge and superior court judge pro tempore in Southcentral Alaska in 2005.

Assistant District Attorney Jason Gist, who has practiced law in Alaska for more than 14 years, will join the Kenai Superior Court.  Gist, a 2008 graduate of the University of California at Berkeley School of Law, clerked for Alaska Chief Justice Alexander O. Bryner and worked in private practice before his current state job.

“Their history with Alaska, their excellent records, and the personal conversations I had with each of them made me confident they will serve Alaska well in their new roles,” Walker said.