Ichikawa to receive national award

By From page A4 | March 16, 2013

FAIRFIELD — Solano County Superior Court Judge Garry T. Ichikawa will receive the annual Gloria Hobson Nordin Social Equity Award from the American Society for Public Administration, Sunday, in New Orleans.

The ASPA is comprised of government employees and promotes the art, practice and science of public administration with professionalism and fairness.

The Social Equity Award is presented by ASPA’s Section on Democracy and Social Justice to recognize an exemplary public servant whose career demonstrates a promotion of fairness, justice and equity.

Since his appointment to a judgeship in 2000, Ichikawa has served as a family law judge and as a juvenile court judge.

“Juvenile courts operate in obscurity because of confidentiality rules and good works are rarely recognized,” said Ichikawa’s brethren Judge Robert C. Fracchia. “During his tenure, Judge Ichikawa has been instrumental in developing protocols for foster youth and education services. He supports early intervention and voluntary maintenance services so cases stay out of court, which leads to better outcomes.”

Ichikawa established an in-house Dependency Drug Court program in 2006. The program has helped numerous parents kick drug addiction and reunited them with their children.

Ichikawa attributes his passion for social justice to the lessons he learned in his childhood from his parents. Being of Japanese ancestry, his parents were sent to an internment camp during World War II.

His father volunteered to act as an interpreter for the U.S. Army during the war and later helped obtain burial sites in the local cemetery to ensure that people of Japanese ancestry who lived in the area prior to the war could be buried there. His mother returned to school and became a respected teacher in Fairfield, according to a press release issued by the Superior Court announcing the award.

The award will be presented to Ichikawa at the ASPA conference.

Reach Jess Sullivan at 427-6919 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/jsullivandr.

Jess Sullivan

Jess has covered the criminal justice system in Solano County for several years. He was an embedded reporter in Iraq in 2003.

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