Legislature(2019 - 2020)GRUENBERG 120

03/01/2019 01:00 PM JUDICIARY

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01:08:31 PM Start
01:09:01 PM Confirmation Hearing(s): Board of Governors – Alaska Bar Association
01:28:23 PM Adjourn
* first hearing in first committee of referral
+ teleconferenced
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+ Consideration of Governor's Appointees: TELECONFERENCED
Board of Governors of the AK Bar
-- Public Testimony --
                    ALASKA STATE LEGISLATURE                                                                                  
               HOUSE JUDICIARY STANDING COMMITTEE                                                                             
                         March 1, 2019                                                                                          
                           1:08 p.m.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS PRESENT                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Representative Matt Claman, Chair                                                                                               
Representative Gabrielle LeDoux, Vice Chair                                                                                     
Representative Chuck Kopp                                                                                                       
Representative David Eastman                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS ABSENT                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
Representative Louise Stutes                                                                                                    
Representative Adam Wool                                                                                                        
Representative Laddie Shaw                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
COMMITTEE CALENDAR                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
CONFIRMATION HEARING(S):                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
Board of Governors  Alaska Bar Association                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
     Jedediah Cox  Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
     - CONFIRMATION(S) ADVANCED                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
PREVIOUS COMMITTEE ACTION                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
No previous action to record                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
WITNESS REGISTER                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
JEDEDIAH COX, Appointee                                                                                                         
Board of Governors  Alaska Bar Association                                                                                      
Anchorage Alaska                                                                                                                
POSITION STATEMENT:  Testified and answered questions during his                                                              
confirmation hearing.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
THERESA OBERMEYER                                                                                                               
Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION STATEMENT: Testified during the confirmation hearing                                                                 
for the Board of Governors  Alaska Bar Association                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
CHARLES MCKEE                                                                                                                   
Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION  STATEMENT: Testified  during  the confirmation  hearing                                                             
for the Board of Governors  Alaska Bar Association                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
ACTION NARRATIVE                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
1:08:31 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR MATT  CLAMAN called the House  Judiciary Standing Committee                                                             
meeting to  order at 1:08  p.m.  Representatives  Claman, LeDoux,                                                               
Eastman, and Kopp were present at the call to order.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
^CONFIRMATION HEARING(S): Board of Governors  Alaska Bar                                                                        
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    CONFIRMATION HEARING(S): Board of Governors  Alaska Bar                                                                 
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1:09:01 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR CLAMAN announced  that the only order of  business would be                                                               
consideration of  the governor's appointee, Jedediah  Cox, to the                                                               
Board of Governors of the Alaska Bar Association.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
1:09:22 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  CLAMAN  opened public  testimony  for  the appointment  of                                                               
Jedediah  Cox  to  the  Board  of Governors  of  the  Alaska  Bar                                                               
Association.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
1:09:49 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JEDEDIAH COX, Appointee  to the Board of Governors  of the Alaska                                                               
Bar  Association   (ABA),  expressed  his  appreciation   to  the                                                               
committee   for  its   consideration.     Mr.  Cox   relayed  his                                                               
educational  and  professional  background.     He  has  been  an                                                               
educator  for  ten  years  in  the  public  and  private  sector,                                                               
domestic and foreign.   Mr. Cox stated that the  work that he did                                                               
on the  University of Montana  Academic Standards  Committee, for                                                               
the Montana Office  of the Commissioner of  Higher Education, and                                                               
as a professor gave him the  opportunity to work on state policy,                                                               
university  bylaws, and  review  academic performance.   Mr.  Cox                                                               
stated  that he  brings with  him values  of honesty,  hard work,                                                               
courage, fairness, tolerance, patriotism,  and the willingness to                                                               
learn and listen.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
1:11:08 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR CLAMAN  thanked Mr. Cox  for his testimony and  stated that                                                               
it was  his intention to open  the meeting to questions  from the                                                               
public.   At the time,  he opened  the meeting to  questions from                                                               
the members.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
1:11:22 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  LEDOUX noted  Mr. Coxs    interesting  employment                                                               
history  and  asked  for clarification  on  the  Vietnam  Banking                                                               
Academy.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
1:11:35 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MR. COX stated  that the Vietnam Banking Academy  is a university                                                               
focused  on  banking.   While  employed,  Mr.  Cox worked  as  an                                                               
English teacher out of Singapore.                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
1:12:29 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE LEDOUX asked if Mr.  Cox was physically present in                                                               
Vietnam or if he provided instruction online.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
1:12:39 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MR. COX stated that he lived in Hanoi, Vietnam.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
1:12:47 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  LEDOUX  asked  for  clarification  on  Mr.  Coxs                                                                
experience  in  the  Montana House  of  Representatives  and  the                                                               
Florida House of Representatives.                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
1:13:13 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MR. COX  stated that in  Montana he  was on the  higher education                                                               
general education committee.   The committee sought  to unify the                                                               
general education requirements to  enable students to more easily                                                               
transfer between  schools.  The  committee also worked  to update                                                               
the general education curriculum.                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  LEDOUX asked  for temporal  clarification on  Mr.                                                               
Coxs  position on the committee  with other positions held at the                                                               
Montana State Legislature.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
1:14:02 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MR.  COX  clarified  that he  interned  for  U.S.  Representative                                                               
Rehberg of  Montana.  At  a similar time,  from 2005 to  2008, he                                                               
was on the General Education Committee.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
1:14:29 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  LEDOUX asked  for clarification  on the  position                                                               
that   Mr.  Cox   held  in   2017   in  the   Florida  House   of                                                               
Representatives.                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
MR. COX stated  that he was an Executive Secretary  for the Rules                                                               
and  Policy Committee.   In  the position,  he assisted  with the                                                               
preparation of bills before sending them to the floor.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
1:15:11 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR CLAMAN stated that it appeared  Mr. Cox does not have prior                                                               
experience  with  an organized  bar  association.   Chair  Claman                                                               
asked Mr. Cox if that was accurate.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
MR. COX confirmed that that was accurate.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR CLAMAN  sought clarification as to  Mr. Coxs  understanding                                                               
of  the  position,  explaining  that   Mr.  Cox  would  be  in  a                                                               
 significant minority  on the Board  of Governors considering his                                                               
lack of  experience with a  bar association.  Chair  Claman asked                                                               
if Mr.  Cox was aware  of that and  would be comfortable  in that                                                               
role.                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
MR. COX confirmed that he would be comfortable.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR CLAMAN sought to confirm  that Mr. Cox would be comfortable                                                               
interacting with that many lawyers so frequently.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
MR. COX answered in the affirmative.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
1:15:53 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR CLAMAN  noted that he served  on the Board of  Governors of                                                               
the ABA for several years,  including serving as the President of                                                               
the  Board.   Chair Claman  stated that  he found  public members                                                               
were often very  active in discussions and  brought a perspective                                                               
that was helpful to the Bar.                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
1:16:29 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE KOPP  asked for Mr. Cox  to explain, specifically,                                                               
why he would like to serve on the Board of Governors of the ABA.                                                                
                                                                                                                                
1:16:44 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MR. COX  described how his  prior experience in education  and in                                                               
academic  standards review  would be  useful  to the  board.   He                                                               
stated his  belief that this position  would be a good  fit.  Mr.                                                               
Cox said  he is also interested  in holding a position  in public                                                               
service.  He is currently employed  by the State of Alaska in the                                                               
Division of Community and Regional Affairs.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
1:17:33 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  KOPP asked  for  Mr. Coxs   understanding of  the                                                               
role  of  the Board  of  Governors  with  respect to  the  Alaska                                                               
Supreme Court.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
1:17:43 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MR.  COX stated  that the  goal is  to vet  and put  forward good                                                               
candidates.     Mr.  Cox   then  asked   the  committee   if  his                                                               
understanding was correct.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  CLAMAN stated  that Mr.  Cox  was confusing  the Board  of                                                               
Governors of the ABA with the Alaska Judicial Council.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
MR. COX apologized.                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
1:18:10 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE KOPP described the role  of the board as concerned                                                               
with   discipline/complaint   matters   and   academic/continuing                                                               
education matters.  Representative Kopp  then asked Mr. Cox about                                                               
his position with the Anchorage School District (ASD).                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
1:18:33 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MR. COX stated  that he was an English tutor  and worked with ESL                                                               
students while at  ASD.  Mr. Cox then stated  that his experience                                                               
in  the Florida  House  of Representatives  had  given him  some,                                                               
though limited, experience reprimanding misconduct.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
1:19:30 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  KOPP asked  Mr. Cox  if he  is familiar  with the                                                               
annual events that the Bar plans.                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
MR.  COX  asked  if  Representative   Kopp  was  referencing  the                                                               
continuing education events.                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
1:20:03 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR CLAMAN clarified that Representative  Kopp was referring to                                                               
the Annual Convention of the Bar Association that occurs in May.                                                                
                                                                                                                                
1:20:11 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MR. COX stated that he has  been focusing on the matters that the                                                               
Board concerns itself with during meetings.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
1:20:24 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR CLAMAN  stated that no one  else had any questions.   Chair                                                               
Claman thanked  Mr. Cox  for providing  his testimony  and opened                                                               
the meeting up to public testimony.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
1:20:49 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR CLAMAN introduced Theresa Obermeyer  as the first person to                                                               
testify as a public witness.                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
1:21:57 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
THERESA OBERMEYER,  Ph.D., made  comments not  on topic  with the                                                               
published agenda.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
1:24:31 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHARLES  MCKEE, made  comments not  on topic  with the  published                                                               
agenda.                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
1:26:51 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR CLAMAN, after  ascertaining that there was no  one else who                                                               
wished to testify, closed public testimony.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
1:27:36 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  LEDOUX  moved  to  advance  the  confirmation  of                                                               
Jedediah Cox, appointee to the  Board of Governors for the Alaska                                                               
Bar Association to the joint session  of the House and Senate for                                                               
consideration.  There  being no  objection, the  confirmation was                                                               
forwarded.  She reminded  the committee that signing  the reports                                                               
regarding  appointments in  no way  reflects individual  members'                                                               
approval  or   disapproval  of  the  appointees,   and  that  the                                                               
nominations  are merely  forwarded  to the  full legislature  for                                                               
confirmation or rejection.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
1:27:59 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR CLAMAN announced that the name of the appointee would be                                                                  
forwarded to the joint session.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
1:28:23 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
ADJOURNMENT                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
There being no further business before the committee, the House                                                                 
Judiciary Standing Committee meeting was adjourned at 1:28 p.m.                                                                 

Document Name Date/Time Subjects
Board of Governors of the Alaska Bar Appointment-Jedediah Cox Application 3.1.19.pdf HJUD 3/1/2019 1:00:00 PM