Founded in 1952

Institute of Judicial Administration

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  
Past Programs

IJA's 58th Annual New Appellate Judges Seminar was held July 17-22, 2016. Thirty-six federal, state supreme, state intermediate and military court appellate judges from across the country attended along with eight faculty judges. Here is what some had to say:

“This is my 3rd or 4th seminar/conference as an appellate judge and is the best one -- most helpful.” 


“I think the seminar was the most relevant, practical, and enjoyable CLE-type meeting I've ever attended. I appreciate all you did to make it so.” 

Beyond Elite Law: Access to Civil Justice in America, April 28 & 29, 2016.  To see the video recording of the event CLICK HERE.