North to the Future: Opportunities and Change in Alaska's Emerging Frontiers

by Melissa Green  |   

"North to the Future: Opportunities and Change in Alaska's Emerging Frontiers" addressed the rapidly evolving changes in Alaska and the Arctic, and the challenges presented to Alaska's leaders and institutions in addressing the legal issues associated with economic development, climate change, and social and cultural impacts.

The symposium, sponsored by the Alaska Law Review, the Arctic Law Section of the Alaska Bar Association, and the UAA Justice Center, was held Oct. 16, 2014, at the UAA/APU Consortium Library on the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) campus. Ryan Fortson, J.D., Ph.D., Legal Studies faculty in the UAA Justice Center, was the faculty advisor for this event. The Alaska Bar Association approved this symposium for 4.5 hours of general CLE credit.


Symposium Materials


Keynote Speakers


Fran Ulmer

Former UAA Chancellor and chair of the U.S. Arctic Research Commission


 Dr. William Iggiagruk Hensley

Visiting distinguished professor, UAA College of Business and Public Policy



  • Betsy Baker, University of Washington School of Law
  • Mara Kimmel, UAA Institute of Social and Economic Research
  • Mike Levine, Oceana
  • E. Barrett Ristroph, The Wilderness Society
  • Hari M. Osofsky, University of Minnesota Law School
  • Barry Zellen, Visiting Fellow, Institute of the North


Videos & Course Materials

Alaska Law Review articles and symposium materials are linked beneath each video. The complete series of videos are also available as a playlist at the UAA Justice Center YouTube channel. Videos in the series were produced by UAA Academic Innovations and eLearning.