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Sharon L. Gleason

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Sharon L. Gleason
Current Court Information:
United States District Court for the District of Alaska
Title:   Judge
Position:   Seat #3
Appointed by:   Barack Obama
Approval vote:   87-8
Active:   11/15/2011 - Present
Preceded by:   John Sedwick
Past post:   Alaska Third District
Past chief:   2009-2011
Past term:   2001-2011
Personal History
Born:   1957
Hometown:   Rochester, NY
Undergraduate:   Washington U., St. Louis, B.A., 1979
Law School:   University of California, Davis Law, J.D., 1983
Sharon L. Gleason is a federal judge serving on the United States District Court for the District of Alaska. She joined the court in 2011 after a nomination from President Barack Obama. Prior to nomination, she was the presiding judge for the Third Judicial District Superior Court in Anchorage, Alaska.[1][2]

Early life and education

Gleason earned her Bachelor of Arts, Magna cum Laude from Washington University, St. Louis in 1979 and her Juris Doctor from the University of California, Davis, School of Law in 1983.[2]>[3][4]

Professional career

Judge Gleason clerked for Justice Edmond W. Burke from 1983 to 1984. From 1984 to 1989, she was an associate attorney with Rice, Volland & Taylor, P.C. From 1995 to 2000, Gleason was a sole practitioner, general civil practice.[3][2]

Judicial career

District of Alaska

Nomination Tracker
 Candidate:Sharon L. Gleason
 Court:District of Alaska
 Progress:Confirmed 223 days after nomination.
ApprovedAABA Rating:Unanimously Well Qualified

On April 6, 2011, Obama nominated Sharon L. Gleason to the United States District Court for the District of Alaska to a seat vacated by John Sedwick.[5] Obama told the press, "Throughout their careers these individuals have shown a dedication to justice. I am proud to nominate them to serve the American people from the district court bench."[6]

Gleason was rated Unanimously Well Qualified by the American Bar Association. She had a hearing before the Senate Judiciary committee on July 13, 2011 and you can find her Committee Questionnaire available here and her Questions for the Record available here. She was reported by the committee on September 8, 2011.[7]

Gleason was confirmed by a Senate vote of 87-8 on November 15, 2011.[8]

Notable cases

Temporary injunction against Greenpeace (2012)

     United States District Court for the District of Alaska
In March 2012, Anchorage Judge Sharon Gleason ruled in favor of Shell Oil, granting a temporary injunction creating a 500-meter safety zone for offshore drilling vessels. This injunction prevented Greenpeace activists from entering within 500-meters of drilling ships.[9] The injunction request came after Greenpeace activists boarded the Shell drilling ship Noble Discoverer in February.[10]


On May 29, 2012, Judge Gleason extended previous restrictions against Greenpeace activists, preventing them from coming within a kilometer of Shell Oil's drilling ships. The original restriction applied only to ships within 12 miles of the coast while the newer restriction extended to cover ships up to 200 miles off the coast.[11]

Alaska Third District

Gleason joined the Third Judicial District Superior Court in Anchorage, Alaska on February 19, 2001 after an appointment by Governor Tony Knowles. She became the presiding judge of her court in 2009.

2010 election

Gleason was retained in 2010.[12] The Alaska Judicial Council supported her retention.[13][14]

Main article: Alaska judicial elections, 2010
See also: Alaska Judges up for Retention Election in 2010

See also

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Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
John Sedwick
District of Alaska
Seat #3
Succeeded by:

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