Personal photos from Michael Jeffery, which were donated to the Joint Archives of the Alaska Court System and the Alaska Bar Association
Born in 1944, Michael Jeffery grew up in Los Angeles, California, and received a law degree from Yale University in 1969. He came to Alaska in 1977 as the first Alaska Legal Services attorney in Barrow. In 1982, he was appointed the first judge of the new state Superior Court in Barrow. As of 2012, he continues to work in that position. In addition to the interview with Michael Jeffery in the Judges of Alaska Project Jukebox by Karen Brewster, he also was interviewed on January 2 and 3, 2009 by his daughter for the StoryCorps project where he talks about his youth, his five years spent in India, and his life prior to becoming a judge. This interview (ORAL HISTORY 2010-15-31) is available at the Oral History Collection, Elmer E. Rasmuson Library, University of Alaska Fairbanks, (907) 474-6773. To hear an excerpt of the StoryCorps interview that aired on Alaska Public Radio on December 24, 2009.