National Judicial College
Apr 08, 2019
Provost, Joy Lyngar
National Judicial College

Joy D. Lyngar has been a judicial educator for twenty years. She became chief academic officer at The National Judicial College in 2008. Prior to this position, she was hired by NJC in 2007 to be the academic director. During the last ten years, Ms. Lyngar has led her department to record achievement; NJC now educates 10,000 judges and court service professionals each year through in-person and on-line courses. Through the Great Recession and its accompanying decimation of court budgets, Ms. Lyngar was able to maintain NJC’s national impact by securing millions of dollars in federal grants. She is ultimately responsible for the quality and relevancy of all education offered by NJC.

In 2017 the National Judicial College selected United States Coast Guard Capt. Benes Z. Aldana, chief trial judge of the U.S. Coast Guard, as its president and new leader of the nation’s most influential institute for the continuing education of judges.  The new president, who has also held leadership roles with the American Bar Association (ABA), said he is resolved to leading the College to a renewed sense of purpose and to forging new partnerships.  “With current attacks on the rule of law and on the independence of the judiciary, I cannot think of a better calling than to devote my time and energy to ensure that the guardians of our rule of law are taught not only the knowledge and skills to effectively carry out their judicial duties, but to instill in them the courage to make difficult decisions,” he said