Since its founding in 1952, the Institute of Judicial Administration (IJA) has been committed to improving the administration of justice and providing judicial education. IJA sponsors annual appellate judges training seminars, workshops on special topics in the law, and the William J. Brennan Jr. Lecture series honoring the state judiciary, among other programs. 

On Thursday, March 23, 2017 6:15 - 7:30 pm,
The Honorable Goodwin Liu delivered IJA's 23rd
Annual Brennan Lecture on State Courts and Social Justice.
Watch his lecture here:

Hon. Goodwin Liu, California Supreme Court  on “State Constitutions and the Protection of Individual Rights: A Reappraisal”

When a state court interprets state constitutional rights more expansively than federal constitutional rights, does the legitimacy of this practice depend on the state court’s resort to unique state sources, such as the distinctive text, purpose, or history of the state constitutional provision?  Or is it legitimate for a state court to simply disagree with U.S. Supreme Court interpretations of the federal right and adopt its ‘dissenting’ view as a matter of state constitutional law, with no resort to unique state sources? Justice Liu will examine the prevalence of this latter approach among state high courts and the normative justifications for it within our federal system.

On March 8-10, 2017, IJA co-hosted the 
NYU 20th Annual Employment Law Workshop for Federal Judges,
co-sponsored with the Federal Judicial Center and the NYU Center for Labor and Employment Law