Institute of Judicial Administration

About the Institute

Since its founding in 1952, the Institute of Judicial Administration (IJA) has excelled as one of the finest non-partisan judicial education and administration organizations in the country. 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. 

Our next program will be the NYU New Appellate Judges Seminar on July 13-18, 2014, open only to appellate judges with four or fewer years on the bench.

Faculty and Staff

Faculty Co-Directors

Oscar Chase

Russell D. Niles Professor of Law
Faculty Co-Director, Institute of Judicial Administration
New York University School of Law
40 Washington Square South

 

Samuel Estreicher 
Dwight D. Opperman Professor of Law
Faculty Co-Director, Institute of Judicial Administration
Faculty Director, Center for Labor and Employment Law
New York University School of Law
40 Washington Square South


Troy McKenzie 

Professor of Law
Faculty Co-Director, Institute of Judicial Administration
New York University School of Law
40 Washington Square South  


Executive Director
Torrey L. Whitman
Wilf Hall, 139 MacDougal Street

Research Fellow
Katherine A. Levine
Wilf Hall, 139 MacDougal Street

Kate will be a Research Fellow at the Institute until May 2015. Her research interests center on how indigent defendants and other poor litigants are affected by the costs of the court system. From 2012-2014, Kate was a member of the NYU Lawyering faculty. Before coming to NYU, she spent over three years at Appellate Advocates, representing indigent defendants from Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island in New York's Appellate Division and Court of Appeals. From 2007-2008, she was a litigation associate at Cravath, Swaine & Moore, and before that, she clerked for Judge Robert P. Patterson Jr., in the Southern District of New York. During law school, she worked at the New York Capital Defender Office and at the Southern Center for Human Rights in Atlanta.

Publications
Articles:
Criminal Debt: The Costs of Being an Indigent Defendant (Work in Progress)
If You Cannot Afford A Lawyer: Assessing the Constitutionality of Massachusetts’s Reimbursement Statute, 42 Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review 191 (2007)

Chapter:
Reassessing “Unauthorized Practice of Law” Rules, in Beyond Elite Law: Access to Civil Justice for Americans of Average Means, Samuel Estreicher and Joy Radice, eds. (Forthcoming 2015)

Presentation
Missouri State Public Defenders, Challenging Fees and Fines, June 12, 2014.
 

Past Programs     

Since 2013, the Institute of Judicial Administration presented the following programs:

The Roosevelt-Cardozo Way: Sitting for the Bar Examination After Two Years of Law School
(Friday morning, January 18, 2013) 

19th Annual Brennan Lecture on State Courts and Social Justice
(Wednesday evening, February 27, 2013) 
          The Honorable Wallace B. Jefferson, Chief Justice of the Texas Supreme Court

The CPLR at Fifty: Its Past, Present, and Future
Commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the New York Civil Practice Laws and Rules

(Tuesday evening, March 12, 2013)
          Featuring Hon. Jack Weinstein, Hon. Judith Kaye, Prof. William Nelson (NYU School of Law), 
          Prof. Vincent C. Alexander (St. John's University School of Law) and David L. Ferstendig, Esq., 
          and moderated by Prof. Oscar G. Chase (NYU School of Law).

Workshop on Employment Law for Federal Judges
(Wednesday-Friday, March 13-15, 2013; open only to members of the Federal judiciary)

NYU New Appellate Judges Seminar
(Sunday-Friday, July 14-19, 2013)
 
"Stop and Frisk": The Legal and Policy Issues
(Thursday evening, October 10, 2013)
 
(Tuesday evening, March 11, 2014)
          The  Honorable Jonathan Lippman, Chief Judge, New York Court of Appeals 
 
Workshop on Employment Law for Federal Judges
(Wednesday-Friday, March 19-21, 2014; open only to members of the Federal judiciary)