Senior Judges and Staff

SUPREME COURT CHIEF JUSTICE DANIEL N. CADRA

Supreme Court Chief JusticeSUPREME COURT CHIEF JUSTICE DANIEL N. CADRA Daniel N. Cadra has served as chief justice of the Supreme Court since September 2013.

Justice Daniel N. Cadra received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and Juris Doctor degree from Tulane University, School of Law, graduating cum laude.

Justice Cadra began his legal career as an associate with a large Los Angeles law firm until he moved to Alaska in 1985. He engaged in the private practice of law in Anchorage, Alaska, until 1989 when he accepted a position as an attorney with Alaska Legal Services Corporation in Barrow, Alaska. His practice with ALSA focused primarily on issues affecting Native Americans.

In January 1991, Justice Cadra was appointed Magistrate for the Second Judicial District of the State of Alaska covering the predominantly Inupiaq Eskimo communities of Barrow, Nuiqsut, Kaktovuk, Anaktuvuk Pass, Atqasuk, Point Lay, Wainwright and the North Slope industrial complex of Kuparuk/ Prudhoe Bay. He served as Magistrate with the Alaska Court System for approximately five years.

Justice Cadra seized the opportunity to come to the Marshall Islands as an Associate Justice on the High Court in October 1995. He was appointed Chief Justice of the High Court in April 1996 and served as Chief Justice until June 1999. He then accepted a position on Palau’s Land Court as Senior Judge and also served as a pro tem Justice on the appellate division of Palau’s Supreme Court until May 2003 where he returned to his home in Houston, Alaska. In September 2003, Chief Justice Cadra accepted his first 10-year appointment as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. In January 2013, the Cabinet re-appointed Daniel N. Cadra to serve a second 10-year term as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, commencing September 2013.

Justice Cadra has attended several professional courses at the National Judicial College in Reno, Nevada (NJC), and the NJC has awarded him Certificates in Judicial Development in both General and Special Court Jurisdiction Trial Skills.

Justice Cadra presently is an Assistant Attorney General for the States of Alaska focusing civil litigation.

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HIGH COURT CHIEF JUSTICE CARL INGRAM

 HIGH COURT CHIEF JUSTICE CARL INGRAMChief Justice Carl Ingram has served as chief justice of the High Court since October 2013.  He first arrived in the Marshall Islands in 1979 as a Peace Corps Volunteer.

Before coming to the Marshall Islands in 1979, Justice Ingram earned a B. A. in Political Science at Stanford University and a J. D. at the Stanford School of Law. After law school, he worked for a corporate law firm in Denver.

As a Peace Corps Volunteer, Justice Ingram worked as a staff attorney in the Attorney-General’s Office. From 1981 through 1988, he served as Deputy Attorney-General, Legal Counsel to the President and Cabinet, and Attorney-General, playing an important role in negotiating and obtaining congressional approval of the Compact of Free Association with the United States.

As a private attorney from 1988 through 2002, Justice Ingram represented many government agencies and private companies. His work included negotiating and drafting agreements for several major infrastructure projects and the successful defense of Philip Morris in the national government’s $20.0 billion healthcare cost lawsuit.

In March 2003, within a year of the tobacco case’s conclusion, the Cabinet appointed Justice Ingram to be an associate justice of the High court. In October 2003, the Cabinet appointed Justice Ingram to be the chief justice for a 10-year term. In January 2013, the Cabinet re-appointed Carl B. Ingram to serve a second 10-year term as Chief Justice of the High Court, commending October 2013.

Since his initial appointment, Justice Ingram has attended at least one professional development course or conference each year and has received a Certificate in Judicial Development in General Court Jurisdiction Trial Skills and a Certificate in Dispute Resolution from the National Judicial College.

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HIGH COURT ASSOCIATE JUSTICE COLIN R. WINCHESTER

Associate Justice Colin Winchester has served asHIGH COURT ASSOCIATE JUSTICE COLIN R. WINCHESTER a member of the High Court since November 2016. He earned a B. A. in Political Science at Utah State University in 1982 and a J. D. at Brigham Young University in 1985. After engaging in private law practice for several years, Justice Winchester served as General Counsel to the Utah State Administrative Office of the Courts, an elected County Attorney, and an Assistant Utah Attorney General. From 2002 to 2016, Justice Winchester served as the Executive Director of the Utah Judicial Conduct Commission, where he supervised the investigation and resolution of allegations of judicial misconduct filed against Utah’s state and local judges.

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TRADITIONAL RIGHTS COURT CHIEF JUDGE WALTER K. ELBON

TRADITONAL RIGHTS COURT CHIEF JUDGE WALTER K. ELBONIn June 2010, the Cabinet appointed Walter K. Elbon to serve a ten-year term as Chief Judge of the Traditional Rights Court, representing the Alap interest.

Chief Judge Walter K. Elbon was born on and raised in Majuro Atoll and has land rights on Majuro, Wotje, Ailuk, and Utrik Atolls.

After graduation from the Marshall Islands High School in 1972, Chief Judge Elbon worked for the Bank of Guam until he joined the Judiciary in 1984 as the clerk of the Traditional Rights Court. In 1990, he was transferred to the High Court and worked as a financial clerk collecting and receiving daily collections of fines and court fees. In 2004, Judge Elbon was promoted to the position of Deputy Chief Clerk of Courts and in March of 2008 to the position of Chief Clerk of Courts.

While working as a clerk, Judge Elbon attended numerous workshops and conferences.  He annually attended the APIPA (Association of Pacific Islands Public Auditors) Conference from 2005 to 2009.  Other training he attended included the Pacific Judicial Council’s Second Court Administrator Training at Guam in 2008 on Customer Service, the Fourth Court Administrator Conference on Financial Management & Budgeting in 2009 at Yap, FSM, and the Executive Team Development training in 2009 in Palau. In March of 2009, Judge Elbon, along with Chief Justice Ingram, attended the Federal Court of Australia’s workshop on developing and implementing court-annexed mediation in Brisbane, Australia, including their follow-up mediation workshop held in Majuro.

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TRADITIONAL RIGHTS COURT ASSOCIATE JUDGE NIXON DAVID

In March 2013, the TRADITIONAL RIGHTS COURT ASSOCIATE JUDGE NIXON DAVID Cabinet appointed Nixon David to serve a four-year term as an Associate Judge of the Traditional Rights Court, representing the Iroij interest.

Judge Nixon was born and raised on Arno Atoll and has land rights on Arno, Likiep, Mili, and Ebon Atolls.

Judge David is a recognized expert in the customs and traditions of the Marshall Islands, having served as a presenter on the Customary Law and Language Commission’s radio program.

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TRADITIONAL RIGHTS COURT ASSOCIATE JUDGE GRACE LEBAN

TRADITIONAL RIGHTS COURT ASSOCIATE JUDGE GRACE LEBANIn June 2010, the Cabinet appointed Grace L. Leban to serve a ten-year term as an Associated Judge in the Traditional Rights Court, representing the Dri-Jerbal interest.

Associate Judge Grace Leban was born and raised on Majuro Atoll and has land right on Ebon, Ailinglaplap, Jobat, Wotje, Arno, and Likiep Atolls.

Judge Leban spent most of her schooling on Majuro Atoll, having attended the Assumption School during her elementary years, and her first two years of secondary school at the Marshall Islands High School. During her junior year in high school, she attended the D. P. Todd Secondary School in Prince George, British Columbia, Canada. After spending a year in Canada, Judge Leban returned south to Hawaii where she graduated from Mid-Pacific Institute on Oahu, Hawaii in 1985. It was years later during 2002, after becoming a working mother that Judge Leban decided to return to school. She graduated from CMI in 2004 with an A. A. in Liberal Arts and a Certificate in Counseling. In 2008, she received, from the Bringham Young University-Hawaii, a B. S. in Education.

Right after high school, Judge Leban began her working career as an Administrative Assistant at the Majuro Co-Op School from 1985 to 1987. In early 1987, she moved to the High Court and worked as a Court Reporter/Clerk until 1992. During early 1992, she transferred to what was then the Ministry of Social Services to carry on the post of a Director for the Youth Services Bureau (YSB). During the government Reduction In Force Program in 1997, the Ministry of Social Services was eradicated and so the YSB was merged with the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MOIA), where Judge Leban was relocated to. While with the MOIA, she was promoted twice, first to become the Chief of the Community Development Division in 2003, and later to become an Assistant Secretary in 2009.

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DISTRICT COURT PRESIDING JUDGE MILTON ZACKIOS

Presiding Judge Zackios DISTRICT COURT PRESIDING JUDGE MILTON ZACKIOSwas born on Jaluit Atoll, Marshall Islands. He spent his early years on Jaluit Atoll and Majuro Atoll and attended three and a half years of college in Hawaii from 1966 through 1970.

Judge Zackios commenced his legal career as an assistant clerk of courts in the Marshall Islands for the Trust Territory High Court in 1967 and was admitted to practice before the courts of the Marshall Islands as a trial assistant in September 1983. In 1986, Judge Zackios was appointed chief clerk of the courts for the Marshall Islands, position he Held that post until his appointment to the bench in May 2003 as an associate judge of the District Court. In April 2005, Judge Zackios was elevated to the post of presiding judge of the District Court.

Judge Zackios has attended several law related seminars and workshops, including: court administration at the Pacific Institute of Judicial Administration in Fiji, September to October 1992; advanced case management conducted by the National Center for State in Maui, November 1997; several week-long training seminars for lay judges conducted National Judicial College between August 2002 and February 2005 covering evidence, criminal law and procedure, civil procedure, constitutional Law, contracts, and torts; and other courses for limited jurisdiction judges conducted by the National Judicial College.

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DISTRICT COURT ASSOCIATE ABLOS T. PAUL

DISTRICT COURT ASSOCIATE ABLOS T. PAULJudge Ablos T. Paul was born on Majuro Atoll and raised 0n Ailinglaplap Atoll.

Judge Paul graduated from Jaluit High School in 1989 and from the College of the Marshall Islands (CMI) in 1996 earning an Associate Degree in Liberal Arts. Judge Paul went on to Hawaii Pacific University (HPU) and graduated with a Bachelor of Sciences in Criminal Justice/Administration. Returning home in 2002, Judge Paul joined the National Police Force and attained the rank of Captain for the Training Division. In 2007, Judge Paul left the National Police Force to accept an appointment Chief of Immigration. Effective July 5, 2009, the Judicial Service Commission appointed Judge Paul to be an associate judge of the District Court in Ebeye. Effective November 30, 2015, the Commission appointed Judge Paul to be an associate judge of the District Court in Majuro.

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DISTRICT COURT ASSOCIATE JUDGE DAVIDSON T. JAJO

Associate Judge Davidson T. JajoDISTRICT COURT ASSOCIATE JUDGE DAVIDSON T. JAJO was born and raised on Kwajalein Atoll, Republic of the Marshall Islands.

Judge Jajo graduated of the SDA school system on Ebeye, Kwajalein, in 1995. He joined the National Police Force on Ebeye in 1999 and attained the rank of Lead Investigator for the Criminal Investigation Division. From 2006 through 2016, he served as a trial assistant prosecutor for the Kwajalein Atoll Local Government, and from 2012 through 2016 also served as a prosecutor of the Office of the Attorney-General. In April 2016, the Judicial Service Commission appointed Judge Davidson to be an associate judge of the District Court in Ebeye.

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CHIEF CLERK OF THE COURTS INGRID K. KABUA

CHIEF CHIEF CLERK OF THE COURTS INGRID K. KABUAIngrid “Kakku” Kabua was born on Majuro Atoll, Marshall Islands. She spent her early childhood years in Kwajalein Atoll, where she first started school. She then later moved back with her family to Majuro and continued school at the Majuro Cooperative School until her graduation in 1995. Ingrid went on to attend the Marshall Islands High School and graduated in May of 1999. After high school, she then furthered her education at the (RMI-USP) Republic of the Marshall Islands-University of the South Pacific Joint Education Project/Program, a two-year program. At RMI-USP, she successfully completed both the Preliminary and Foundation Science courses.

In November of 2004, Ingrid joined the Judiciary as an Assistant Clerk of the Courts. Since then, she has attended several training, workshops, and conferences the (PJC) Pacific Judicial Council’s Court Administrator Conferences and the (PJDP) Pacific Judicial Development Program’s National Coordinator’s Workshop and the Educator’s Workshop Ingrid was later promoted to the position of Deputy Chief Clerk of Courts and in June 2010 to the position of Chief Clerk of the Courts.

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