City and Borough of Juneau
155 S. Seward Street
Juneau, Alaska 99801
tel. 907-586-5240
fax 907-586-5385
http://www.juneau.org

CBJ Law Department

Department Biographies


Municipal Attorney Amy Gurton Mead  joined the CBJ Law Department in 2010.  After graduating from Tulane Law School in 1996, Amy clerked for Superior Court Judge Thomas Jahnke in Ketchikan and then worked as a prosecutor in the Ketchikan District Attorney’s Office.  Upon relocating to Juneau in 1998, Amy worked for a local law firm, where she spent the majority of her time practicing civil litigation and municipal law, serving as the City and Borough Attorney for Wrangell from 2008 until she joined the CBJ Law Department in 2010.  In July 2013 the Assembly appointed Amy as the Municipal Attorney.


Deputy Municipal Attorney Jane E. Sebens is a 1990 graduate of Ohio State University College of Law, with a bachelor's degree in secondary education from Auburn University.  She practiced law with a firm in Anchorage for five years and had a law office in Haines for 11 years, before joining the CBJ Law Department's Civil Section in 2007.  She is a member of the Juneau Bar Association and the Alaska Municipal Attorneys Association.


Assistant Municipal Attorney Trinidad R. Contreras joined the CBJ Law Department Civil Section in February 2016. Prior to joining the CBJ Law Department, Trinidad was a law clerk for the Honorable Michael MacDonald in Fairbanks for over two years. Trinidad has a LL.M. from UCLA, attended the University of Arizona for law school and graduate school, and has a B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley. Trinidad is a member of the Juneau Bar Association and the National Native American Bar Association.


Assistant Municipal Attorney Robert H. Palmer, III joined the CBJ Law Department Civil Section in January 2014.


Municipal Prosecutor Robyn L. Carlisle is a 1991 graduate of Willamette University. After graduation she served as an intern with the CBJ Law Department, then as a law clerk with the Alaska Court System.  Robyn joined the CBJ Law Department in 1998 as a municipal prosecutor.

 

Municipal Prosecutor August J. Petropulos returned to the CBJ Law Department in June 2016.  He began his legal career as an intern with the CBJ Law Department.  August then served as a prosecutor with the Municipality of Anchorage, the CBJ Law Department, and in Maui, before returning to the CBJ Law Department as a municipal prosecutor.


Municipal Prosecutor Sherri Layne joined the CBJ Law Department in July 2013.  Sherri has a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Alaska Fairbanks and is a 2012 Seattle University School of Law graduate.  Prior to attending law school Sherri worked at the U.S. Attorney's Office in Fairbanks.  While in law school, she interned with the King County Prosecutor's Office in Seattle and then with the Palmer District Attorney's Office.


Office Manager Deb Senn joined the CBJ Law Department in 2001. She is the administrative assistant to the municipal attorney, supervises support staff, maintains the CBJ Code, administers the departmental budget, computer systems, and website. Deb graduated from MTI Western Business College (1985), in Sacramento, California, where she studied law office administration. Before joining the CBJ Law Department she worked as law office manager for the North Slope Borough in Barrow, Alaska, and as office manager for a private practice law office in Homer, Alaska.


Litigation and Support Assistant Sam Sanbei joined the CBJ Law Department Civil Section in April 2014.  She provides support to the civil attorneys and the office manager, assists with contracts, legal document and legislation preparation.  Sam came to CBJ from the State of Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development Workers' Compensation Division.


Litigation and Support Assistant Audrey Dean joined the CBJ Law Department in January 2014.  Audrey is responsible for supporting the municipal prosecutors with case management, filing court actions, and trial preparation.  Audrey is a 1996 graduate of University of Alaska Southeast - with an Associates of Applied Science degree in Paralegal Studies.  She began her career in the legal field as a paralegal assistant in 1992 for a private law firm in Juneau, Alaska. Before joining the CBJ Law Department she worked 13+ years as a paralegal for a private law firm in Fairbanks, Alaska.


Litigation and Support Assistant Jesse Peterson joined the CBJ Law Department Civil Section in December 2015.  He provides support to the civil attorneys and the office manager, assists with contracts, legal document and legislation preparation.  Jesse began working in the legal field in 2013 as Deputy Clerk II with the Alaska Court System in Juneau.


Litigation and Support Assistant Leo Helmar joined the CBJ Law Department Criminal Section in January 2014.  Leo is responsible for supporting the municipal prosecutors through case management, filing court actions, and trial preparation.   Before he joined the CBJ Law Department Leo worked at the State of Alaska Public Defenders' office in Juneau, Alaska.





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