LISTEN: These two organizations fight to protect the civil rights of Alaskans

At least two legal agencies work to protect the civil rights of Alaskans. Today’s show will look at the particular missions of the Northern Justice Project and the ACLU Alaska, with this question in mind: who or what issue would go underrepresented in court if it were not for the unique missions of these two agencies.

Northern Justioce Project logo

From the NJP website: “Founded in 2005, the Northern Justice Project, LLC is a private civil rights and special education firm that focuses on representing low- and middle-income Alaskans in complex lawsuits against the State and Federal Governments and large corporations.”

ACLU Alaska logo

From the ACLU AK website: “ACLU of Alaska was founded in 1971…we work to protect the civil rights and individual liberties enshrined in the U.S. and Alaska Constitutions.”

During today’s program, we’ll talk about how and why these organizations were founded in Alaska history, who they represent, the kinds of cases they litigate and why. We’ll talk about their current caseload and how those fit into their mission.

As always, listeners are invited to call or email with questions or comments about the role of both organizations in Alaska’s legal ecosystem. Join us!

HOST: Kathleen McCoy


  • Jim Davis, an attorney and a founding partner of the Northern Justice Project
  • Josh Decker, an attorney and the executive director of ACLU Alaska,


  • ACLU Alaska website
  • The Northern Justice Project website
  • Podcast: StatePublic talk by Josh Decker: ‘Protecting Civil Liberties in Alaska – Not Your Parents ACLU, AUUF, 9.8.2019
  • State of Alaska, NARF, Northern Justice Project and ACLU reach settlement in Yupik-language,voter-assistance case, Alaska Department of Law press release, 2.17.2010
  • Facebook: Northern Justice Project
  • Facebook: ACLU Alaska
  • ‘A soldier tried to buy a motorcycle in Anchorage…yo-yo scam,’ Alaska Public Media 12.5.2019
  • ‘From shadows to the light’ – social security payments for foster care clients. KTUU, 4.3.2019
  • ‘Lawsuit seeks to end Medicaid backlog,’ APM, KTOO 4.3.2019
  • ‘Lawsuit challenges state’s Medicaid policy denying transgender-related healh care coverage,’ KBBI, 3.6.2019
  • ‘Victim in ‘one free pass’ files civil lawsuit against Justin Schneider, ADN, 11.14.2018
  • ‘ACLU Alaska seeks damages, reinstatement for former SOA employee, ACLU website 12.19.2019


  • Call 550-8433 (Anchorage) or 1-888-353-5752 (statewide) during the live broadcast (2:00 – 3:00pm)
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  • LIVE: Monday, January 13, 2019 at 2:00 p.m
  • RE-AIR: Monday, January 13, 2019 at 8:00 p.m.
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