Institute of Judicial Administration

2016 New Appellate Judges Seminar

July 17-22, 2016

Sponsored by the Institute of Judicial Administration (IJA) and New York University School of Law, in cooperation with the Federal Judicial Center's Orientation for New Federal Appellate Judges.
IJA invites applications to attend the 2016 New Appellate Judges Seminar. This program is designed for, and open only to, judges with no more than four years of experience on federal courts of appeal, state supreme courts, and state intermediate courts of appeal. The IJA Seminars have been conducted every year since 1959 and have been attended by appellate judges from virtually every state and federal appeals court.
The Seminar curriculum combines practical training for new appellate judges with exposure to current issues of substantive law. The sessions will be taught by a distinguished faculty of jurists and academics; please refer to the 2015 Agenda  for an example of typical Seminar topics. Seminar sessions are informal and interactive, with the faculty leading discussions rather than delivering lectures. It is very important that program participants attend all sessions and remain through the end of the program. 
This event is seeking approval for New York State CLE credit. If approved, it will be categorized as nontransitional credit and not acceptable for newly admitted attorneys (those admitted to the New York Bar for less than two years).  Approximately 21 hours of continuing legal education credit are expected to be available. 
Location and Lodging:
The working sessions are held in NYU School of Law, located in New York City's Greenwich Village. Participants can secure lodging at a variety of hotels that range in price from $235 to $400 or more per night. We will send hotel and group rate information directly to program participants after we have accepted them to the program. Please do not make any non-refundable hotel or airline reservations before then. Also, please note that while we negotiate block room rates, IJA does not make any hotel or travel reservations.
Travel and Subsistence:
Each judge will be responsible for his or her own travel and living expenses. For help in defraying these expenses, judges should contact the staff responsible for judicial training in their courts.
The Federal Judicial Center will cover certain costs for Article III federal appellate judges. If applicable, please contact Trudy Walter of the Federal Judicial Center at 202-502-4058 or for guidelines.
The first event of the Appellate Judges Seminar is scheduled for Sunday evening, July 17, permitting an open weekend to take advantage of Broadway theaters and other New York City attractions. Most sessions end by 4:30 p.m.  In addition, IJA organizes an optional theater event and a dinner outing.
Since we receive often more applications than we can accept, and we aim for a diverse representation of courts and regions, we regret that we may not be able to accept all interested applicants. We strive to make room for all interested judges within a year of application, if possible. Applications should be received no later than April 15, 2016, and acceptance letters will be mailed on a rolling basis in March and April. The application form should be filled out in an external PDF viewer and saved or printed, and can then be mailed, faxed, or e-mailed to the address below. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at
Tuition Fee:
There is a tuition fee of $1,000 for the program, which covers instruction, course materials, the opening dinner and daytime meals during the Seminar.*
Mailing address:
    Torrey L. Whitman, Executive Director
    Institute of Judicial Administration
    NYU School of Law, Wilf Hall
    139 MacDougal Street, Room 409
    New York, NY 10012
    Phone: (212) 998-6149
    Fax: (212) 995-4769
We are confident that the Seminar will provide attending judges with a stimulating, enjoyable, and memorable week in New York City. Thank you for your interest.
NYU School of Law is committed to the availability of quality affordable continuing legal education programs to its alumni community and members of the bar-at-large. Consequently, the fees charged by the School of Law for CLE programs reflect this commitment. All financial hardship requests for waived or reduced fees for NYU School of Law-sponsored CLE programs must be made in writing and contain a brief statement (no more than one page) of the economic hardship status and recent employment history (private law firm, not-for-profit, public or government service); and any pertinent financial circumstances that reflect the applicant's financial burden and need. All requests made in accordance with these guidelines shall be kept confidential. Written requests for relief will be reviewed by the individual CLE event's coordinator and the director of professional skills training. Applicants will be informed of a decision in a timely manner in advance of the date on which the program is scheduled.