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Legal Fellowship Opportunity
The American Civil Liberties Union of Alaska Foundation is glad to announce a new sponsorship opportunity for public interest legal fellows, and invites rising third-year law students and current lawyers to apply. As an integral part of the ACLU of Alaska, our fellows gain practical experience through defending and expanding Alaskans’ civil liberties and constitutional rights: they will work on lawsuits, legislative advocacy, policy research, and public education. Read more.
Thursday, Aug. 1: Liberty Raffle Party
Join us at our 22nd Annual ACLU of Alaska Foundation Liberty Raffle Party on Thursday, Aug. 1st from 5:30 to 7:00pm at Ginger (425 W. 5th Avenue, Anchorage, AK).
There will be a drawing of the $5000 Grand Prize, along with a $1000 second prize, and many regional and special prizes. While you don't have to be present to win, there is a special $250 prize awarded only to a person present at the party.
For more information about the party, contact the ACLU at email@example.com or (907) 258-0044.
2013 Scholarship Winners Announced
Sharon Hildebrand and Samuel Kurland are this year 's recipients of the ACLU of Alaska Foundation scholarships. The announcement was made as part of the Liberty Brunch held February 2nd at the Marriott in Anchorage, Alaska.
ACLU of Alaska Foundation 2013 Scholarship Winners
Sharon Hildebrand is the recipient of the 2013 Joan Hamilton Memorial Scholarship. Sharon is originally from Nulato, living in Fairbanks. She was raised by her Grandmother, Ellen Peters, along the Yukon River with two other cousins in the traditional manner of living off the land. Sharon will be a first generation college graduate from her Grandmother's family, graduating with a B.A. in Alaska Native Studies in December 2013. Sharon is married to Vernon Hildebrand and has three sons. Her husband is the one who encouraged her to follow her dream and pursue her educational goals. Upon graduation from UAF, Sharon plans to go onto law school and once graduated, would like to be involved with the processes involved with implementing laws that affect Alaska Native communities as a whole. Sharon is honored to be receiving the Joan Hamilton Memorial scholarship as Joan's same values of living off the land and respect for culture and others are also dear to Sharon's heart.
Sam Kurland is the recipient of the 2013 ACLU Youth Activist Scholarship. Sam is sixteen years old and a senior at Juneau-Douglas High School, where he is in his second year leading the Student Council as Associated Student Body President. He is a senior youth advocate for the Juneau Youth Court and serves as Co-Vice President on the Board of Directors of the United Youth Courts of Alaska. Last year, Sam was selected as one of Alaska's two delegates to the United States Senate Youth Program in Washington, D.C., where he and fellow delegates met with high-ranking government officials including Chief Justice John Roberts and President Barack Obama. This fall, he organized the reestablishment of his high school's student newspaper after a hiatus of seven years, and he now leads the publication as Editor in Chief. Sam is a Life Scout, National Merit Semifinalist, and three-time state champion in the National Ocean Sciences Bowl. He was recently admitted to Stanford University in California, where he will enroll in the fall. In his spare time, Sam enjoys skiing, hiking, reading, and keeping up with current events.