Lorri Montgomery
Director of Communications
National Center for State Courts

Alaska Chief Justice Receives High Award

Chief Justice Fabe recognized for leadership, dedication to justice system

Williamsburg, VA (July 19, 2012) – Alaska Chief Justice Dana Fabe is the recipient of the 2012 Distinguished Service Award from the National Center for State Courts, one of the highest awards presented by the organization. The Distinguished Service Award is presented annually to those who have made significant contributions to the justice system and who have supported the mission of the NCSC.

“During her extensive career in the justice system, Chief Justice Fabe has worked tirelessly to improve the courts both in Alaska and around the world,” said NCSC President Mary C. McQueen. “She has devoted extensive time, effort, and energy to increasing awareness about the need for diversity on the bench and for full access to the courts for all segments of society.”

Chief Judge of the District of Columbia Eric T. Washington will present the award to Chief Justice Fabe on July 24 during the annual meeting of the Conference of Chief Justices/Conference of State Court Administrators in St. Louis, Missouri. Chief Judge Washington is president of CCJ and chair of the NCSC Board of Directors.

Chief Justice Fabe has long supported the work of the NCSC, especially its efforts to improve the administration of justice internationally. She assisted in securing a project to help improve the courts of South Africa and is active in the International Association of Women Judges. Chief Justice Fabe is the first woman to serve on the Alaska Supreme Court and the first woman to serve as the state’s chief justice. She is a past president of the National Association of Women Judges, chair of the Judicial Ethics Advisory Committee of the American Judicature Society, and a Fellow of the American Bar Association.  She has also served two terms as second vice president of the Conference of Chief Justices.

The National Center for State Courts, headquartered in Williamsburg, Va., is a nonprofit court reform organization dedicated to improving the administration of justice by providing leadership and service to the state courts. Founded in 1971 by the Conference of Chief Justices and Chief Justice of the United States Warren E. Burger, NCSC provides education, training, technology, management, and research services to the nation’s state courts.


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