David Avraham Voluck

Magistrate Judge, Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska

David Avraham Voluck graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a major in the Sociology of Religion. Moving to the Pacific Northwest, he attended the Northwestern School of Law and Lewis and Clark College where he received his Juris Doctorate with a Certificate in Environmental Law and was inducted into the Cornelius Honor Society. Upon graduation of law school, he moved to Sitka, Alaska to serve as the land and trust resources attorney for the Sitka Tribe of Alaska and was eventually promoted to the Director of the Tribe’s Law and Trust Resources Department.

In 1998, David moved to Anchorage to join the firm of Landye, Bennette, and Blumstein, LLP to work under the mentorship of David S. Case, specializing in Federal Indian Law, traveling to the rural villages both as municipal and tribal attorney. During this time, David was also privileged to work with David Case co-authoring the revision of the legal treatise “Alaska Natives and American Laws”. His experience with the Native peoples awakened a renewed interest in his own culture and history, and David took a two-year sabbatical from the practice of law to attend the Rabbinical College of America, focusing on Talmudic and Jewish Legal Studies. In April of 2008, David was appointed Chief Judge of the Sitka Tribal Court and was hired as Adjunct Professor of Indian Law for Lewis & Clark Law School’s Summer Indian Law Program. In November of 2010, David was appointed to sit as Magistrate/Judge for the Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska per the Tribe’s Family Responsibility Act. In May of 2012, David was appointed as Judge Pro Tem for the Aleut Community of St. Paul Island Tribal Government. David is a noted Lecturer on a variety of topics related to Indian Law, Tribal Courts, Native Culture, and the interplay with religion.

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