Jim DeWitt was elected to the Board of Directors of ICL in 2018.
Jim lived in Alaska from 1954–2015, before moving to Boise, Idaho, in August 2015. Jim’s spouse, Nancy, was born and raised in Idaho and came to Alaska in 1991 “for a few weeks” that ended up being almost 25 years. You might say Jim married in to ICL membership. Annual trips to visit Nancy’s family generally included an extended trip around Idaho’s outdoors.
In Alaska, Jim lived in Bethel, a Yu’pik Alaska Native community on the Kuskokwim River, where he was the only “gussik” — Caucasian — in his elementary school. In 1959, his family moved to Fairbanks in Alaska’s interior, where he lived until 2015.
Jim attended the University of Oregon, graduating with honors in 1972, and then Northwestern University School of Law in Chicago, graduating in 1975. He returned to Alaska to practice law and remains unsuccessfully retired since.
Jim’s law practice included nonprofit law, which led to his writing the “Volunteer’s Legal Handbook,” and serving on the boards of United Way of the Tanana Valley, American Red Cross, Fairbanks Resource Agency — and, most recently, Alaska Conservation Foundation, where he was board chair from 2015-2017.
Jim’s hobbies include birding and bird photography, fly-fishing and hiking. Most vacations involve two or more of those hobbies. He’s also an unrepentant blogger, writing “Wickersham’s Conscience” since 2008.