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National initiative named after Iowa’s former chief justice


The nation’s state court leaders have renamed the Family Justice Reform Initiative in honor of the late Iowa Chief Justice Mark S. Cady, who died unexpectedly in November 2019. Cady’s death occurred two months after he delivered the keynote address at the National Judicial Leadership Summit on the Protection of Children. Alaska Chief Justice Joel Bolger, the current chair of the Cady Initiative for Family Justice Reform, said in a prepared statement that the Initiative’s work “imbues processes involving families with the decency and civility that Chief Justice Cady embodied.” The vote to rename the Initiative after Cady — who was chair of the Children and Families in the Courts Committee and president of CCJ at the time of his death — occurred at this month’s Conference of Chief Justices and the Conference of State Court Administrators. The National Center for State Courts, headquartered in Williamsburg, Va., is a nonprofit court organization dedicated to improving the administration of justice by providing leadership and service to the state courts.

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