Yvonne Lamoureux

Anchorage Superior Court | Third Judicial District

Yvonne Lamoureux

Judge Lamoureux was appointed to the Anchorage Superior Court in May of 2017. This is her first retention evaluation. Judge Lamoureux handles a primarily civil caseload, and a small number of criminal cases.

Personal Statement

Since 2017, I have had the privilege of serving as a Superior Court Judge, presiding over primarily civil matters. I love the variety of my caseload, from complex civil litigation to administrative appeals to custody cases to involuntary mental health commitments to child-in-need-of-aid cases. However, that wide range of case types requires legal knowledge in many different areas of the law and an equally diverse role of the judge in the courtroom. I believe it is of utmost importance to be prepared for every hearing to be able to best serve the parties in their cases, and I have worked diligently to do so. I remain committed to provide a forum where parties can present their cases, to listen to their positions, and to apply the law fairly and impartially. I am committed to public service and would be honored to continue serving in this role.

I first came to Alaska in 2001 on a backpacking and fishing trip with my father. I was hooked. Alaska has been my home for the last 16 years. I graduated from Columbia University and the University of Virginia School of Law. After serving as a law clerk in state and federal courts, I worked in private practice at Heller Ehrman and Stoel Rives. I later became a federal prosecutor, handling criminal investigations, trials, and appeals. I have traveled our wonderful state for work and pleasure (rafting, fishing, climbing). My husband and I have been married for 14 years, and are thankful to be raising our child here.

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Judge Yvonne Lamoureux
Judge Yvonne Lamoureux

Performance Findings

The Council conducts a thorough performance review of each judge standing for retention. Key findings for Judge Lamoureux include:

  • Ratings by justice system professionals: Attorneys and social services professionals who appeared before Judge Lamoureux gave her very good reviews, as did court employees. The chart shows the survey ratings received by Judge Lamoureux.
  • Ratings by jurors: Jurors who served in trials before Judge Lamoureux during 2018 and 2019 rated her 5.0 overall on a five-point scale. One juror commented, “I was very impressed with Judge Lamoureux. She was professional, communicative, kind and always expressed her thanks to us as jurors.”
  • Professional activities: The Council’s review of Judge Lamoureux’s professional activities showed significant contributions to her community and to the administration of justice. Judge Lamoureux served on the court system’s Child in Need of Aid Court Improvement Committee (to improve the court system’s handling of child welfare cases), and on a committee that reviews the rules and procedures governing juvenile delinquency and child welfare cases. She also serves as a judge in the court system’s Early Resolution Program (an initiative designed to create more timely resolutions for divorce cases). She volunteered at mock trials and participated in community and school events.
  • Other performance indicators: The Council’s review of other performance indicators, including Judge Lamoureux’s financial and conflict of interest statements, disqualifications from cases, and appellate reversal rates, raised no performance concerns.
  • Timeliness: Alaska law requires judges’ pay be withheld if a decision is pending longer than six months. The Council verified that Judge Lamoureux was paid on schedule, and she certified that she had no untimely decisions.
  • Ethics: There were no public disciplinary proceedings against Judge Lamoureux, and the Council’s review found no ethical concerns.
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