With a background of more than 20 years in the judicial system, Lucinda Adekai-Yellowhair, chief probation officer of the Navajo Nation was recently announced as the tribal community representative on the Committee on Probation. Arizona Supreme Court Chief Justice Rebecca White Berch made the appointment.
“I feel very honored and privileged to represent the Navajo Nation, as well as the Judicial Branch,” Adekai-Yellowhair said.
Her appointment is to a subcommittee of the Committee on Superior Court and it examines current probation practices and develops rules, policies and procedures for recommendation to the Committee on Superior Court, the Arizona Judicial Court and the state Supreme Court, according to the Arizona Code of Judicial Administration 6-114.
Highlights of Adekai-Yellowhair’s background are:
- 17 years as a probation/parole officer in Kayenta
- 4 years as court administrator for Chinle Judicial District
- Chief probation officer since 2010 for the Navajo Nation
- Bachelors of Arts degrees from Northern Arizona University in criminal justice and sociology
- BA degree from Arizona State University in business administration
- Masters of Arts degree from Northern Arizona University in human relations
- Member of the American Probation and Parole Association and the American Quarter Horse Association
- Serves on the Judicial Branch’s Community Court Initiative Committee, the Navajo Nation Domestic Violence Task Force and the Navajo Nation Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act Task Force
- She has volunteered as a victim advocate for Kayenta region since 1998
Her appointment expires June 30, 2013.