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The Center's Mission

The Center on Civil Justice at New York University School of Law is dedicated to the study of the civil justice system in the United States and how it can continue to fulfill its purposes. The Center will draw on the unmatched strengths of the NYU Law faculty in the fields of procedure and complex litigation, as well as on a Board of Advisers consisting of leading practitioners and Judges, to identify the problems that most deserve further investigation and engagement, and to fill a void in scholarly and policy analysis.

The Center's faculty directors are Professors Samuel Issacharoff, Arthur Miller, and Geoffrey Miller. It is directed by Peter Zimroth. The Center has an advisory board made up of leading practicing lawyers, as well as leading members of the judiciary. The chair of the Board of Advisors is Sheila Birnbaum. The Center joins scholars, practicing lawyers, judges, court administrators, and other interested participants and encourages them to explore anew the role that litigation plays in our legal system, the values that need to be preserved, and what can be done in the modern age to preserve them. 


Publications from 2016 Fall Conference: Rule 23 @ 50

The Center on Civil Justice has published a transcript of the Oral History of Rule 23 panel from the 2016 conference commemorating the 50th anniversary of Rule 23.  Additionally, NYU Law Review has published an issue of papers that were created for the conference.  

Aggregate Litigation Data Project

Recently, the United States Senate overrode the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and blocked an attempt by the CFPB to obtain data from claims administrators.  The Center on Civil Justice remains commited to making public data that is currently held privately by claims administrators, and its work to do so is ongoing.  Read a news story on the Senate override that mentions our ongoing efforts

Contact Us

Center on Civil Justice 
139 MacDougal Street
Wilf Hall, Fifth Floor
New York, New York 10012
(212) 992-6196