|Current Court Information:|
|Alaska Supreme Court|
|Appointed by:||Gov. Sarah Palin|
|Preceded by:||Alexander Bryner|
|Past post:||Attorney in private practice|
|Undergraduate:||University of Oregon, 1977|
|Law School:||University of California, Berkeley, 1981|
|Grad. School:||University of California, Berkeley, 1981|
|Candidate for:||Alaska Supreme Court|
|Election information 2012:|
|Election date:||November 6, 2012|
|Retention vote %:||64.93%|
Daniel E. Winfree is an associate justice of the Alaska Supreme Court. He was appointed to the court in the state's commission-selection, political appointment method of judicial selection in January of 2008 by Governor Sarah Palin. His current term will expire in 2022.
Winfree's appointment to the Alaska Supreme Court replacing Alexander Bryner was the first appointment made to the court in almost ten years. The Fairbanks seat on the court has been filled three times since statehood, and yet Winfree is the first native Fairbanks to be appointed to the seat. Winfree maintains his chambers in Fairbanks and is the first to do so since Jay Rabinowitz in the early 1990s.
Following his admission to the bar, Winfree spent 25 years in private practice.
Awards and associations
- 2007: Distinguished Service Award, Alaska Bar Association
- Board of governors, Alaska Bar Association
- Board of trustees, Alaska Bar Foundation
- Past president, Board of Trustees, Alaska Bar Foundation
- Past president, Alaska Bar Association Board of Governors
- Past president, Western States Bar Conference
- Past member, Western States Bar Conference, Fee Arbitration Committee
- Past member, Western States Bar Conference, Ethics Committee
- See also: Alaska judicial elections, 2012
In October 2012, political science professors Adam Bonica and Michael Woodruff of Stanford University attempted to determine the partisan ideology of state supreme court justices in their paper, State Supreme Court Ideology and 'New Style' Judicial Campaigns. A score above 0 indicated a more conservative leaning ideology while scores below 0 are more liberal. Winfree received a Campaign finance score (CFscore) of 0.45, indicating a conservative ideological leaning. This is more conservative than the average CF score of -0.11 that justices received in Alaska. The study is based on data from campaign contributions by judges themselves, the partisan leaning of contributors to the judges or, in the absence of elections, the ideology of the appointing body (governor or legislature). This study is not a definitive label of a justice, but an academic gauge of various factors.
- Alaska Court System, "Supreme Court Justices," accessed August 13, 2014
- Alaska Court System, "State of the Judiciary 2008 Remarks by Chief Justice Dana Fabe," February 6, 2008
- Alaska Division of Elections, "2012 General Official Candidate List"
- Alaska Division of Elections, "Official 2012 General Election results"
- Stanford University, "State Supreme Court Ideology and 'New Style' Judicial Campaigns," October 31, 2012
Jay Rabinowitz • Warren Matthews • Robert Eastaugh • Walter Carpeneti • Buell Nesbett • John Dimond • Walter Hodge • Harry Arend • James Martin Fitzgerald • Morgan Christen • Robert Boochever •