Story last updated at 8/1/2012 - 6:39 pm
Williamsburg, VA - 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 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.