Nov. 30, 2012
/PRNewswire/ -- A group advocating for struggling schools has directed proceeds from a lawsuit against the
State of Alaska
to fund the future defense of the Alaska Constitution's right to education.
Citizens for the Educational Advancement of
's Children (CEAAC) will name the legal war chest for
, the attorney who pursued and settled the Kasayulie and Moore lawsuits on the group's behalf. The struggle began in 1997 and was completed earlier this year.
announced the fund and the honor for attorney
. The event took place at the Rural Caucus meeting of the Alaska Association of School Boards, at the Hotel Captain Cook earlier this month.
In June, CEAAC received
in legal fee compensation from
as part of the Kasayulie settlement. Among other provisions, the State also agreed to build five rural schools. CEAAC settled the Moore suit in January, resulting in
in new programs for struggling schools.
of the legal fee payment to retire debts, deposited
in the Spike Jorgensen Scholarship Fund, and now has placed the remaining
in the Howard S. Trickey Constitutional Defense Fund.
explained the purpose of the fund. "This fund will be saved permanently, for use, when needed, to stand up for the right to education in
. It is CEAAC's legal arsenal, one in which we hope we won't need. And, as President Reagan would say, this is 'Peace through strength.'"
The Howard Trickey Constitutional Defense Fund is named for the attorney who gave his time and talent to provide for tomorrow's rural
grew up in
Eau Claire, Wisconsin
and earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin. He earned his law degree from
, D.C. Today, he practices at the law firm of
& Owens located in Anchorage Alaska.