DATE: May 22, 2006 


Joan Bishop




     CONCORD-A team of judges and staff the Judicial Branch were awarded scholarships by the State Justice Institute to attend a 4-day program entitled "The Advanced Leadership Institute – Promoting Justice through Professional Development." The program was a continuation of the institute held in June of last year attended by the same team. This year’s program focused on the growth and development of judicial branch personnel and how highly developed people will be more effective in leadership roles in the courts.

     Attendees included: Associate Justice James J. Barry, Jr., New Hampshire Superior Court, Judge Lucinda V. Sadler, Derry Family Division, Barbara Sweet, Director of Judicial Branch Education, 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 May 18-21, 2006

     The team was required to present a report to all attendees that gave an update of the steps taken from the action plan that had been developed at the end of the last session. All the steps in the action plan had been carried out and the team was pleased to report back to the larger group that much had been accomplished in a year.

     "Through the Judicial Branch Education Committee, we now have a clear outline of the needs of our system. The advanced institute helped us to shape and refine our programs so that they will contribute to the development everyone in the system ", said Barbara Sweet, Director of Judicial Branch Education 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 (