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Judicial Center education director to retire

April 13, 2010

The longtime education director for the Indiana Judicial Center is retiring at the end of April, capping a career that's given her the chance to develop and put in place countless instructive programs for the state's judiciary.

Cathy Springer, who began serving the state's judicial branch in February 1980, will retire on April 30.

Indiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Randall T. Shepard praised her three-decade-long service, saying she has been a teacher to hundreds of Indiana judges.

"Her remarkable commitment to the finest possible educational programming has meant that the millions of Indiana citizens who come to court have received better justice," the chief justice said in a statement.

During her career, Springer has been a part of the judicial center team that's coordinated bench-bar conferences and various judicial education programs, including the Indiana Mentor Judge Program in the 1990s that pairs seasoned jurists with those just taking the bench. She has been a member of the National Association of State Judicial Educators and was involved in a standards committee project, which led to publication of the "Principles and Standards of Judicial Branch Education" that guides judicial curriculum development and educational policy.

In 2005, Springer taught at the Leadership Institute of Judicial Education at the University of Memphis. That allowed her to help teach a program that focused on experiential learning, adult education principles, lifespan development, intellectual and ethical development, and personal development as a means for change. She's also served on the advisory boards for the Leadership Institute and Institute for Faculty Excellence in Judicial Education.

"I have truly enjoyed working in this field - it has been a career of a lifetime," Springer said in a news release. "I sincerely appreciate all of the support and the life lessons I have learned over the years and the valuable friendships I have made."

Springer plans to spend more time with family and friends, traveling, and consulting in the adult education field. The Indiana Judicial Center has launched a search for her successor.

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