Walter Carpeneti

From Ballotpedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Walter Carpeneti
Placeholder image.png
Do you have a photo that could go here? Submit it for this profile by emailing us!
Court Information:
Alaska Supreme Court
Title:   Former justice
Appointed by:   Gov. Tony Knowles
Active:   1998-2013
Chief:   2009-2012
Preceded by:   Warren Matthews
Succeeded by:   Joel Bolger
Past post:   Alaska Superior Court
Past term:   1981-1998
Personal History
Born:   1945
Undergraduate:   Stanford University, 1967
Law School:   University of California at Berkeley, 1970

Walter L. "Bud" Carpeneti was a justice on the five member Alaska Supreme Court. He was appointed to the court in 1998 by Governor Tony Knowles and was retained for another 10-year term in 2002. He served as chief justice from 2009 until June 2012.[1] He retired from the court on January 31, 2013.[2][1]


Carpeneti earned his undergraduate degree with distinction in History from Stanford University in 1967. He received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of California at Berkeley in 1970.[3]

Professional career

Carpeneti was a law clerk for Justice John Dimond of the Alaska Supreme Court in 1970-71. From 1972 to 1974 he was in private practice in San Francisco, first with Melvin Belli and then in an office with his father, retired San Francisco Superior Court Judge Walter I. Carpeneti, and his brother, Richard Carpeneti. He returned to Alaska in 1974 to be the Public Defender in Juneau. He left that office in 1978 to go into private practice with William T. Council, where he remained until appointed to the Superior Court by Governor Jay Hammond in 1981. He was appointed to Alaska Supreme Court in 1998 and will retire in January 2013.[3][1]

Awards and associations


  • Member, Alaska Judicial Council
  • Member, Alaska Bar Association
  • Member, State Bar of California
  • Member, Alaska Rules of Evidence Drafting Committee
  • Member, Alaska Commission on Judicial Conduct
  • Member, Criminal Pattern Jury Instructions Committee
  • Member, Criminal Sentencing Practices and Procedures Committee
  • Managing Editor, University of California at Berkeley Law Review
  • Chair, Judicial Education Committee


2002 Election

Alaska Supreme Court Justice Retention
2002 General election results
Candidates Votes Percent
For retention Green check mark transparent.png 130,566 66.7%
Against retention 65,117 33.3%
  • Click here for 2002 General Election Results from the Alaska Secretary of State.

Alaska Judicial Council

The Alaska Judicial Council recommended unanimously (5-0) that he be retained. The AJC conducted a survey of 2,860 attorneys in Alaska, who rated Justice Carpeneti on ten categories. Overall, his rating was 4.5 on a scale of 5, where "5" means "excellent".

  • He scored highest (4.5) in the categories of "conduct free from impropriety," "courtesy," and "understanding and compassion."
  • He scored 4.4 or better in all ten categories.

The AJC also surveyed court employees, who rated Carpeneti 4.7 on a scale of 5 on overall performance.[4]

Summary categories Attorney survey Court employee survey
Legal ability 4.4 -
Impartiality 4.5 4.8
Integrity 4.6 4.8
Temperament 4.6 4.8
Diligence 4.5 4.3
Overall 4.5 4.7

Political ideology

See also: Political ideology of State Supreme Court Justices

In October 2012, political science professors Adam Bonica and Michael Woodruff of Stanford University attempted to determine the partisan ideology of state supreme court justices in their paper, State Supreme Court Ideology and 'New Style' Judicial Campaigns. A score above 0 indicated a more conservative leaning ideology while scores below 0 are more liberal. Carpeneti received a Campaign finance score (CFscore) of -0.7, indicating a liberal ideological leaning. This is more liberal than the average CF score of -0.11 that justices received in Alaska. The study is based on data from campaign contributions by judges themselves, the partisan leaning of contributors to the judges or, in the absence of elections, the ideology of the appointing body (governor or legislature). This study is not a definitive label of a justice, but an academic gauge of various factors.[5]

See also

External links


AlaskaAlaska Supreme CourtAlaska Court of AppealsAlaska Superior CourtAlaska District CourtNative American Tribal CourtsUnited States District Court for the District of AlaskaUnited States Court of Appeals for the Ninth CircuitAlaska countiesAlaska judicial newsAlaska judicial electionsJudicial selection in AlaskaAlaskaTemplatewithoutBankruptcy.jpg