Jennie Morawetz


In 2003, the Alaska Legislature dramatically changed Alaska’s adverse possession law. Alaska’s new law curtails the application of adverse possession in a way that is more stringent than any other state’s law. This Note summarizes Alaska’s adverse possession law prior to 2003 and discusses how it was changed in 2003 by the passage of Senate Bill 93. The Note then explores some implications of the new law: the ability to extinguish but not create private easements by prescription, the importance of recording, and the potential for a “good faith squatter” to lose land she believes is hers.