Kristin Knudsen, J.D., M.J.S.

Kristin Knudsen, J.D., M.J.S.

Associate Professor, Undergraduate Program Coordinator, Legal Studies
Justice Center
PSB 222A
(907) 786-4885


J.D., Santa Clara University, 1978
M.J.S., University of Nevada Reno/National Judicial College, 2012


Kristin Knudsen is an associate professor in the Justice Center and Undergraduate Program Coordinator for Legal Studies. Prof. Knudsen obtained her law degree from Santa Clara University (California) in 1978 and was admitted to practice in Alaska in 1979. Her practice focused on labor and employment-related law. Her Alaska public service included 17 years as an assistant attorney general and 8 years as an administrative law judge for the state. She attended the University of Nevada Reno full time beginning in June 2010. On acceptance of her thesis, Citizen Adjudicators -Lay Members of Alaska’s Mixed Administrative Tribunals as Lay Judges in Mixed Courts: A Study of Recruitment, Attitude and Participation, she was awarded a Master’s in Judicial Studies in 2012. She continued post-graduate study in Health Law in 2013.

See posts about Prof. Knudsen on the Justice Center blog.

Research Interests

  • Empirical legal studies: administrative tribunals, legal decision making outside courts, mixed tribunals, nonlawyer adjudication
  • Health law & workers' compensation law


"A Survey of Studies on Judicial Selection" by Ryan Fortson and Kristin S. Knudsen. Alaska Justice Forum 32(2–3): 1, 7–12 (Summer/Fall 2015).

"The Role of Non-Lawyers on Administrative Tribunals: What Lay Members Think About Law, Lawyers, and Their Own Participation in Alaska’s Mixed Administrative Tribunals" by Kristin S. Knudsen Latta. Alaska Law Review 31(1): 37–86 (Jun 2014).

Alaska Boards and Commissions: Results of the Alaska Citizen Members Survey by Kristin S. Knudsen Latta. Summary report prepared for the Office of the Governor, Boards and Commissions. Anchorage, AK: Justice Center, University of Alaska Anchorage, 19 Jul 2013.