DATE: June 30, 2005 CONTACT:  Laura Kiernan
Judicial Branch Communications Director
271-2646 ext 359




CONCORD-A team of judges and staff the Judicial Branch were awarded scholarships by the State Justice Institute to attend a weeklong program entitled "The Leadership Institute Promoting Justice through Professional Development." The program focused on the development of educational opportunities for judges as well as judicial branch staff through curriculum that is built on adult learning theories.

Attendees included: Associate Justice James J. Barry, Jr., New Hampshire Superior Court, Judge Lucinda V. Sadler, Derry Family Division, Barbara Sweet, Staff Attorney, New Hampshire Supreme Court, Jane D. W. Bradstreet, Register of Probate, Merrimack County, Lauren V. Thorn, District Court Regional Court Administrator, and Joan Bishop, Court Coordinator, Superior Court.

The program took place at the University of Memphis in Memphis, Tennessee from June 14 through June 19, 2005. Faculty included judges, court administrators and educators who have specialized in judicial education and present similar programs nationwide.

The team was required to produce an action plan at the end of the session that outlined steps they will take to implement what they have learned. The plan includes the formation of a committee that will have general oversight for educational programs for the judicial branch.

"Our plan will ensure that when designing educational programs there will be appropriate instructional methods used to reach all our learners and to enhance their ability to do their job", said Barbara Sweet, Staff Attorney at the Supreme Court.

The State Justice Institute (SJI) is a non-profit organization, established by Federal law to award grants to improve the quality of justice in State courts nationwide, facilitate better coordination between State and Federal courts and foster innovative, efficient solutions to common problems faced by all courts. More information about the institute is available on the SJI website (