Dwight D. Opperman Institute of Judicial Administration

About Us


The Dwight D. Opperman Institute of Judicial Administration (IJA) was founded at New York University School of Law in 1952 and was one of the first organizations committed to improving the administration of justice in the federal and state courts. Because of its reputation in the legal community and its relationships with federal and state judges throughout the country, the Institute has offered an unrivaled opportunity for dialogue between policy makers, judges, and academics.

IJA continues to pursue the goals set by Arthur Vanderbilt:

  • Coherence and predictability in the law and its administration
  • High-quality continuing education programs for state and federal judges
  • Sustained dialogue among the various parts of the legal profession
  • Research on important public policy issues affecting the administration of justice

In 2005 the Institute was renamed the Dwight D. Opperman Institute of Judicial Administration in recognition of Mr. Opperman, a long-time member of the Board of Directors. Mr. Opperman's outstanding generosity and support have secured the Institute's future as one of the nation's leading nonpartisan institutions for the education of the judiciary.