Allam v. State

In Allam v. State, 830 P.2d 435 (Alaska App. 1992) the Court described the steps the court must follow in analyzing an equal protection claim under Alaska law. First, the Court must weigh the individual interest impaired by the statute against the government's interest in enacting the statute. Second, if the government's interest is sufficiently strong, The Court must examine the connection between the social policies underlying the statute and the means adopted in the statute to further those policies. Again, depending upon the importance of the individual interest affected, this nexus between ends and means must fall somewhere on a continuum between "substantial relationship" and "least restrictive alternative." (830 P.2d at 439-40)