Alaska

The great state of Alaska is located in the NW corner of North America is bordered by British Columbia, Canada and the Yukon Border, while sharing a Maritime-border with Russia to the West across the Bering Strait. By area, Alaska is the largest US state, and also the 7th largest subnational in the world. It is however the 3rd least populous state and most sparsely populated by area.

A major economic driver for the state is military bases and tourism. Alaska was purchased from the Russian Empire on March 30, 1867, and was admitted as the 49th state on January 3, 1959. The capital is Juneau and the largest city in Alaska is Anchorage.

Alaska is both the northern and westernmost state in the United States. It is also the only non-contiguous state in the country. Alaska has nearly 34,000 miles of tidal shores, active volcanoes, marshlands and wetlands, and glaciers covering over 16,000 miles of land. Its many state parks, national forests, and national wildlife, are among the many reasons why it is such a popular tourist destination for fishing, hiking, and cruises.

Gold rush fever struck between 1890 through 1910 by the Yukon Territory which brought miners to the territory who settled there. The discovery of oil in 1968 was another predominant period in the state’s history which led to the oil boom in 1977 after the completion of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System. Today, energy, agriculture/fishing, tourism, and marine/air transport, are the most common types of work/employment in the state.  

Alaska’s government, like many of the state governments, is divided into three branches; the executive, legislative and judicial branch.

The Executive branch consists of the governor, and there are several state agencies, including the Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development, the Fish and Game Department, and the Department of Labor and Workforce Development. 

The Legislative branch features a bicameral legislature, with the Alaska Senate and the Alaska House of Representatives.  The Senate has 20 members while the House has 40 members.  The legislature meets in Juneau, the state capital.

The Alaska Court System is centrally administered and completely funded by the state. The Chief Justice of the Alaska Supreme Court is the administrative head of the Alaska Court System.  It consists of the Alaska District court, which mostly handles misdemeanors, the Alaska Superior Court, which handles felony cases, and the Alaska Supreme Court and the Alaska Court of Appeals are the primary appellate courts.

Instead of counties, the state is divided into 16 “boroughs.”

The National Law Review covers a broad range of news and cases which come out of Alaska. Among the cases covered on the site are: wage, labor laws, healthcare, public schooling, legislative, and other news. The National Law Review also covers information regarding general news in the state and the Alaskan government, and news from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals which has jurisdiction over federal cases in Alaska.

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New Year, New Rules? 2024 May See Implementation Of The DOL’s Proposal For Increased Exemption Salary Thresholds While State-Specific Thresholds Are Also Set To Increase Polsinelli PC
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Alaska Expands Use of Drones for Avalanche Monitoring Robinson & Cole LLP
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Trending in Telehealth: May 16 – 22, 2023 McDermott Will & Emery
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Trending in Telehealth: February 27 – March 5, 2023 McDermott Will & Emery
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Alaska Will Require Licensing for Crypto Money Transmitters K&L Gates
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Alaska Businesswoman Indicted on Tax Evasion and Filing False Tax Returns The U.S. Department of Justice
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BOEM Resumes OCS Lease Sales 258 and 259 Hunton Andrews Kurth
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FFF Sovereign Immunity Series Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP
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Owner of Commercial Flooring Contractor Pleads Guilty to Participating in Kickback Scheme to Defraud a U.S. Army Facility The U.S. Department of Justice
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Court Does Not Beat Around The Bush and Is Rather Direct In Rejecting Insurer’s Causation Argument In Computer Fraud Claim Hunton Andrews Kurth
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TCPA Regulatory Update — FCC Partners with More States, Sends More Cease & Desist Letters, Clarifies Safe Harbors, and Responds to Congressional Queries Mintz
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FCC Announces More State Robocall Investigation Partnerships Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP
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May A Board Sanction A Director By Withholding Corporate Information? Allen Matkins Leck Gamble Mallory & Natsis LLP
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Jan
What Brands Can Expect from College Sports’ Ever Evolving NIL Landscape Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP
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A Reflection on ANCSA at 50 Van Ness Feldman LLP
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Legal Status of Vaccine Mandates Foley & Lardner LLP
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Court Blocks Implementation of CMS Vaccine Mandate in 10 States Greenberg Traurig, LLP
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Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Barred From Enforcing Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccine Rule in 10 States Jackson Lewis P.C.
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Judge Blocks Portions of Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Vaccine Mandate (US) Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP
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10 States Sue Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Over COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate for Healthcare Workers Jackson Lewis P.C.
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Aug
Supreme Court Confirms Alaska Native Corporation Eligibility for CARES Act Relief Van Ness Feldman LLP
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Interior Department Moves Forward with Alaska Native Vietnam Era Veterans Land Allotment Selections Van Ness Feldman LLP
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Alaska Supreme Court Cools Down Standard for Establishing State Law Wage & Hour Exemptions Jackson Lewis P.C.
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May
Unemployment Insurance System Update, Part III: Additional States Opting Out of Federal Unemployment Benefits Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.
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May
COVID-19: US State Policy Report – April 23-27, 2021 Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP
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Updates to Price Gouging States of Emergency Proskauer Rose LLP
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Apr
Alaska PFAS Lawsuit Latest State Action On PFAS CMBG3 Law
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COVID-19: US State Policy Report – March 10, 2021 Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP
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COVID-19: US State Policy Report – February 13-16, 2021 Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP
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COVID-19: US State Policy Report – January 15, 2021 Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP
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2021 State Minimum Wage Increases Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.
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COVID-19: US State Policy Report – December 16, 2020 Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP
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Dark Winter for Trial Lawyers McDermott Will & Emery
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COVID-19: US State Policy Report – November 3-9, 2020 Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP
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Time to Vote: Employee and Employer Voting Leave Rights and Obligations for the 2020 Elections Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.
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COVID-19: US State Policy Report – August 18, 2020 Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP
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Calculating Damages for Price Gouging Violations: Why Customer Refunds are Only Part of a Company’s Concerns Proskauer Rose LLP
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Public Policy Daily Briefing – July 2, 2020 Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP
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May
“Alaska’s Plan Forward”—The State Moves to Phase III in COVID-19 Reopening Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.
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May
Indian Nations Law Update - May 2020 Godfrey & Kahn S.C.
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May
New FDA Guidance on COVID-19 is Less Specific Than Un-Issued CDC Guidance Would Have Been and Arrives as Many Restaurants Have Already Re-Opened for Dine-In Service in Several States Keller and Heckman LLP
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California Creates Workers’ Compensation Presumption of Coverage for COVID-19 Illnesses Barnes & Thornburg LLP
 

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