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Originally from Nebraska, Judge Niesje Steinkruger came to Alaska in 1976, and is a retired Superior Court Judge for the Fourth Judicial District in Fairbanks, Alaska. Prior to becoming a judge, Niesje was in private practice, was Assistant Public Defender (1984-87), and Assistant Attorney General for the State of Alaska (1979-84). She has been a volunteer for the Morningside Project, researching the legal aspects of the history of Alaska mental health issues and sanity hearings. She helped develop the Judges of Alaska Projec Jukebox, and has participated in oral history interviews in the Alaska Mental Health Trust History Project Jukebox and the Judges of Alaska Project Jukebox.