Magistrate judge retires after 30 years on bench
June 28, 2018
After 30 years on the bench, Wrangell's district magistrate will conclude her legal career today.
Chris Ellis has served as a magistrate judge for First District Court in Wrangell for 14 of those years, with most of her preceding tenure spent in Craig.
When she graduated with her bachelor's degree in 1973, law hadn't been on her mind, but Alaska was.
"Basically I studied anthropology with a specialty in archaeology, and my goal was to come to Alaska," she said.
Ellis found herself drawn to the Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA), a forerunner to the AmeriCorps program.
"There wasn't a...