Hon. Craig F. Stowers

Hon. Craig F. Stowers

Justice
Location:
Anchorage, Alaska
Phone:
(907) 264-0624
Fax:
(907) 264-0878
Email:
Justice Craig Stowers was appointed to the Alaska Supreme Court by Governor Sean Parnell on December 2, 2009. He was raised in Yorktown, Virginia. He majored in biology and received a bachelor's degree with honors from Blackburn College in 1975. He was a Park Ranger at Colonial National Historical Park, and later transferred to Mount McKinley National Park, Alaska in 1977, where he worked as East District Naturalist and then West District Ranger. He earned his J.D. in 1985 from the University of California Davis School of Law (Order of the Coif). While in law school, he was employed for two years by Professor Daniel Fessler and the Alaska Code Revision Commission to research and prepare drafts of what became the Alaska Corporations Code, the Alaska Nonprofit Corporations Code, and the official commentary to those acts. He served as a judicial law clerk for Judge Robert Boochever of the United States Court of Appeals (Ninth Circuit) in Juneau, and then clerked for Justice Warren Matthews of the Alaska Supreme Court in Anchorage. Thereafter, he was a partner with Atkinson, Conway & Gagnon, and subsequently founded the Anchorage-Fairbanks law firm, Clapp, Peterson & Stowers. His law practice included trial practice, medical and attorney malpractice defense, business and insurance law, and complex civil litigation. He was appointed to the Alaska Superior Court in Anchorage in 2004 by Governor Frank Murkowski. During his legal and judicial career, he has served on various Alaska Bar Association committees, including the law examiners committee, and various Alaska Supreme Court committees, including the continuing judicial education committee. He also has served on several nonprofit corporation boards, including terms as board president of the Alaska Natural History Association (now known as Alaska Geographic) and board president of Christian Health Associates. He is happily married to his best friend, Monique Stowers.

Year Joined Firm

  • 2009

Bar Admissions

  • Alaska, 1985

Education

  • University of California at Davis School of Law, Davis, California
    • J.D. - 1985
    • Honors: Order of the Coif
  • Blackburn College, Carlinville, Illinois
    • B.A., Bachelor of Arts - 1975
    • Honors: With Honors
    • Major: Biology

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Alaska Bar Association Law Examiners Committee
  • Alaska Supreme Court Continuing Judicial Education Committee
  • Alaska Natural History Association
  • Christian Health Associates
  • Alaska Bar Association, Member
  • Civil Pattern Jury Instructions Committee
  • CINA Court Improvement Committee, Member
  • American Bar Association Judicial Division, Member
  • American Judicature Society, Member
  • American Bar Foundation, Fellow
  • Alaska Court System, Member
  • Alaska Bar Examiners Committee, Member
  • Judicial Education Committee, Member
  • Appellate Rules Committee, Member
  • Children In Need Of Aid and Juvenile Delinquency Rules Committee, Chair
  • Alaska Court System Security and Emergency Preparedness Committee, Chair

Past Employment Positions

  • Alaska Superior Court, Judge, 2004 - 2009
  • Clapp, Peterson & Stowers, Founder
  • Atkinson, Conway & Gagnon, Attorney and Partner
  • Judge Robert Boochever, United States Court of Appeals (Ninth Circuit), Judicial Law Clerk
  • Justice Warren Matthews, Alaska Supreme Court, Clerk
  • Mount McKinley National Park, Alaska, East District Naturalist
  • Mount McKinley National Park, Alaska, West District Ranger, 1977 - Present
  • Colonial National Historical Park, National Park Ranger