I’m Marisa Chud, and I was born and raised here in the Mat-Su Valley. Right out of law school I was privileged to serve as a clerk for a Superior Court judge in Palmer, where I was familiarized with the breadth of legal issues litigated here in the third judicial district. The experience took my natural childhood love for this part of Alaska and brought it to an actual understanding of the unique needs of our community. Currently, I handle both criminal and civil matters. I chose to pursue this career path because I am passionate about advocating for the marginalized and vulnerable. During my years in school, I wrote for New England Law's International Law Journal, with specific emphasis on the Middle East. This background, along with years of on-the-ground work in Beirut, Lebanon during the Syrian refugee crisis, has significantly shaped my worldview and my approach toward each of my clients.