FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Superior Court Judge Mary Greene will step down in February after 18 years on the bench.
Greene, 52, has been hired in the University of Alaska Office of General Counsel in Fairbanks.
Former Gov. Bill Sheffield appointed Greene as a judge in January 1985. She said she had planned to continue at the job until retirement but decided to take the university job because it represents an opportunity to experience another aspect of law.
She said her new position will likely involve ''mostly advice research and out-of-court lawyering.''
Greene graduated from Harvard Law School and started her career in Alaska as a clerk for the late Jay Rabinowitz, former Alaska Supreme Court justice.
She also worked in the public defenders office and as an assistant attorney general, handling litigation involving the trans-Alaska oil pipeline.
Greene was the first woman to be a presiding judge when she was lead judge of the Fourth Judicial District, which includes Fairbanks and most of the Interior, from 1988 to 1990.
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