Alaska Supreme Court Justice Dana Fabe has been selected by her peers as chief justice.
Fabe follows Chief Justice Walter L. Carpeneti, of Juneau, whose three-year term expires June 30th.
She was the first woman appointed to the state Supreme Court and has served twice as Chief Justice. A justice may serve more than one three-year term as Chief, but not consecutive terms. Justice Jay Rabinowitz served four terms as head of the court.
The Chief Justice is administrative head of the judicial branch of government, provides policy direction for all courts statewide, and appoints presiding judges for all judicial districts.
The Chief Justice is selected from among the Supreme Court justices by majority vote.
Christen takes oath of office
Former Alaska Supreme Court Justice Morgan Christen has been seated on the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Christen was sworn into office on Wednesday by Senior Circuit Court Judge Andrew Kleinfeld, also an Alaskan.
She was nominated a year ago by President Obama to fill the seat left vacant by Kleinfeld’s retirement. The U.S. Senate confirmed Christen’s nomination in December.
The Ninth Circuit Court is headquartered in San Francisco and has jurisdiction over nine U.S. district courts, including Alaska.
- The co-chairmen of the House Finance Committee revised their plans to introduce an income tax to Alaska for the first time in nearly four decades.
- The Sitka Sound sac roe herring fishery is in full swing. In less than a week, the fleet has caught over half of its quota. And while most crew members work on the water, spotter pilots fish for herring from the sky.
- A lot of eyes were on the U.S. House today, but, as Republican factions shuttled to the White House to negotiate, it was a day of waiting for most.
- Gov. Walker’s legislation creates a new definition for independent contractors that would determine whether employers have to pay to insure against on-the-job injuries.