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|Current Court Information:|
|Alaska Supreme Court|
|Appointed by:||Gov. Tony Knowles|
|Preceded by:||Warren Matthews|
|Succeeded by:||Joel Bolger|
|Past post:||Alaska Superior Court|
|Undergraduate:||Stanford University, 1967|
|Law School:||University of California at Berkeley, 1970|
Walter L. "Bud" Carpeneti was a justice on the five member Alaska Supreme Court. He was appointed to the court in 1998 by Governor Tony Knowles and was retained for another ten-year term in 2002. He served as chief justice from 2009 until June 2012. He retired from the court on January 31, 2013.
Carpeneti was a law clerk for Justice John Dimond of the Alaska Supreme Court in 1970-71. From 1972 to 1974 he was in private practice in San Francisco, first with Melvin Belli and then in an office with his father, retired San Francisco Superior Court Judge Walter I. Carpeneti, and his brother, Richard Carpeneti. He returned to Alaska in 1974 to be the Public Defender in Juneau. He left that office in 1978 to go into private practice with William T. Council, where he remained until appointed to the Superior Court by Governor Jay Hammond in 1981. He was appointed to Alaska Supreme Court in 1998 and will retire in January 2013.
Awards and associations
- Member, Alaska Judicial Council
- Member, Alaska Bar Association
- Member, State Bar of California
- Member, Alaska Rules of Evidence Drafting Committee
- Member, Alaska Commission on Judicial Conduct
- Member, Criminal Pattern Jury Instructions Committee
- Member, Criminal Sentencing Practices and Procedures Committee
- Managing Editor, University of California at Berkeley Law Review
- Chair, Judicial Education Committee
| Alaska Supreme Court Justice Retention |
2002 General election results
- Click here for 2002 General Election Results from the Alaska Secretary of State.
Alaska Judicial Council
The Alaska Judicial Council recommended unanimously (5-0) that he be retained. The AJC conducted a survey of 2,860 attorneys in Alaska, who rated Justice Carpeneti on ten categories. Overall, his rating was 4.5 on a scale of 5, where "5" means "excellent".
- He scored highest (4.5) in the categories of "conduct free from impropriety," "courtesy," and "understanding and compassion."
- He scored 4.4 or better in all ten categories.
The AJC also surveyed court employees, who rated Carpeneti 4.7 on a scale of 5 on overall performance.
|Summary categories||Attorney survey||Court employee survey|
In October 2012, political science professors Adam Bonica and Michael Woodruff of Stanford University attempted to determine the partisan ideology of state supreme court justices in their paper, State Supreme Court Ideology and 'New Style' Judicial Campaigns. A score above 0 indicated a more conservative leaning ideology while scores below 0 are more liberal. Carpeneti received a Campaign finance score (CFscore) of -0.7, indicating a liberal ideological leaning. This is more liberal than the average CF score of -0.11 that justices received in Alaska. The study is based on data from campaign contributions by judges themselves, the partisan leaning of contributors to the judges or, in the absence of elections, the ideology of the appointing body (governor or legislature). This study is not a definitive label of a justice, but an academic gauge of various factors.
- Juneau Empire, "Top AK justice to retire," June 17, 2012
- Associated Press "Carpeneti chosen as new chief justice of Alaska Supreme Court" June 5, 2009
- Biographies of the Alaska Supreme Court justices
- Alaska Judicial Council's 2002 retention recommendation for Carpeneti
- Stanford University, "State Supreme Court Ideology and 'New Style' Judicial Campaigns," October 31, 2012
|Former||Jay Rabinowitz • Warren Matthews • Robert Eastaugh • Walter Carpeneti • Buell Nesbett • John Dimond • Walter Hodge • Harry Arend • James Martin Fitzgerald • Morgan Christen • Robert Boochever •|