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Robert Eastaugh

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Robert L. Eastaugh (b. 1943) was an associate justice of the five-member Alaska Supreme Court. He was appointed to the state's highest court in 1994 by then-governor Walter Hickel.

Justice Eastaugh was subject to a retention election in November of 2008 for a new ten-year term on the court. He won this retention vote with 62.77% of the vote.[1] Eastaugh retired from the court on November 2, 2009.[2][3] and was replaced by Craig Stowers.[4]


Justice Eastaugh holds a B.A. in English Literature from Yale University and a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School.[5]


Eastaugh was admitted to practice law in Alaska in 1968. He was an Alaska Assistant Attorney General from 1968 to 1969 and an Assistant District Attorney from 1969 to 1972. He was in private practice at Delaney, Wiles, Hayes, Reitman & Brubaker, Inc. between 1972 and 1994.[5]

2008 retention election

Eastaugh was retained to his seat on the court in 2008.[6] In his bid for retention, Justice Eastaugh was unsuccessfully opposed by the Alaska Republican Party.[7][8]

The cases that the Alaska Republican Party cited in its objection to Eastaugh were:

  • Alaska Department of Health and Social Services v. Planned Parenthood: a decision that requires the State of Alaska to pay for abortions through Medicaid.
  • ACLU v. State of Alaska: a decision written by Eastaugh which determined that state and local governments in Alaska must provide the same employment benefits to same-sex couples that they provide to married couples.
  • State of Alaska v. Planned Parenthood of Alaska: a 3-2 decision which overturned a statute that required teenagers who want an abortion to obtain either parental consent, or the permission of a judge.

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