Learning center to be named after Chief Justice Cady

An interactive learning center that would highlight Iowa’s proud civil rights history among other things may one day bear the name of the late Iowa Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Cady.

Plans for the learning center were announced Tuesday by the Iowa Supreme Court.

Cady, who lived in Fort Dodge, died unexpectedly on Friday.

The learning center would be located on the first floor of the Judicial Branch Building, 1111 E. Court Ave. in Des Moines.

It would be called the Chief Justice Mark S. Cady Learning Center.

Students in the Iowa State University graphic design, industrial design and interior design programs, are being tasked with developing a blueprint for the center.

According to the Iowa Supreme Court, the center will have interactive exhibits to show the process of a case through Iowa’s court system, highlight Iowa’s proud civil rights history and show the importance of fair and impartial courts.

Each year law clerks lead thousands of Iowa students on tours of the judicial branch building.

Cady was a longtime advocate for civics education. He served on the iCivics Board of Directors, initiating the Iowa Supreme Court court-on-the-road program to bring oral arguments to Iowa communities, traveling around the state to meet with students.

One of Cady’s goals was to create an interactive learning center for all Iowans in the judicial branch building.