Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Alumni Spotlight - Miranda Strong, BA '08, MPA '11

Miranda Strong
Miranda Strong, BA Philosophy with emphasis in Legal Studies '08 and MPA '11, received her JD from the University of Washington (UW) School of Law in 2012 .  She is currently an Assistant Attorney General and Special Assistant to the Attorney General in the Alaska Department of Law - Opinions, Appeals, and Ethics Section.  Her job includes liaising with the Governor’s Office and coordinating an executive-branch working group with the Lieutenant Governor on Alaska Native legal matters, representing the Office of Children's Services in child protection appeals before the Alaska Supreme Court, and advising on and communicating Alaska Native law and policy matters to the public.

At UAA, Miranda was in the Honors College and combined her interest in philosophy with her growing desire to enter the legal profession. She relished her Philosophy of Law and Development of Law courses. Prof. Deb Periman, J.D., Legal Studies faculty in the Justice Center, was a significant influence as Miranda prepared for law school.

While at UAA, Miranda was awarded a Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation scholarship for graduate work in public service. Prof. James W. Muller, Ph.D., UAA Political Science Department, the UAA Truman Scholar advisor, was enormously helpful to Miranda in applying to the Truman Foundation. The scholarship was established in honor of President Harry S. Truman and memorializes his commitment to public service and the need to foster public service leadership.  

At UW School of Law, Miranda was selected for the William H. Gates Public Service Law Program at UW and worked as a legal intern at the Disability Law Center in 2009 and at the Alaska Department of Law Human Services & Torts Section in 2010.

Miranda is a member of the Alaska Bar Association Pro Bono Service Committee, and for the past 2 years has served as a pro bono attorney for the Alaska Network on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault (ANDVSA).

In her free moments, she enjoys spending time with her two children, Calvin 2 years old, and JJ 5 years old, and her UAA alum husband, James Strong, BA Business Administration '06, who is the owner of Sweet Caribou. And you might also see Miranda on the cross-country ski trails or bike commuting to work.