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Chief Justice Gerry Alexander

Chief Justice Gerry L. Alexander Received the 2006 American Inns of Court Professionalism Award for the Ninth Circuit

In 2006, Chief Justice Gerry L. Alexander of the Washington Supreme Court was recognized for a lifetime of service to the law during the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference. He received the 2006 American Inns of Court Ninth Circuit Professionalism Award, which recognizes a senior practicing lawyer or judge whose life and practice display sterling character and unquestioned integrity, coupled with ongoing to the highest standards of the legal profession.

Justice Alexander has given more than three decades of service to the state courts of Washington. He was a judge of the superior court for Thurston and Mason counties from 1973 through 1984, and a judge of the Washington Court of Appeals, Division Two, from 1985 through 1994. Voters elected him to the Washington Supreme Court in 1994. Following re-election in 2000, his colleagues on the Supreme Court voted him to a six-year position as chief justice. He was re-elected in 2006. Justice Alexander retired at age 75 in 2010 due to the Court's age limit.

Justice Alexander currently chairs the Advisory Commission on Washington Law Reports, the Bench-Bar-Press Committee of the State of Washington, and the board for Judicial Administration. He is a co-founder and board member of the Washington Courts Historical Society. This is a well deserved award.