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The Center's Mission

The Center on Civil Justice at New York University School of Law is dedicated to the study of the civil justice system in the United States and how it can continue to fulfill its purposes. The Center will draw on the unmatched strengths of the NYU Law faculty in the fields of procedure and complex litigation, as well as on a Board of Advisers consisting of leading practitioners and Judges, to identify the problems that most deserve further investigation and engagement, and to fill a void in scholarly and policy analysis.

The Center's faculty directors are Professors Samuel Issacharoff, Arthur Miller, and Geoffrey Miller. It is directed by Peter Zimroth. The Center has an advisory board made up of leading practicing lawyers, as well as leading members of the judiciary. The chair of the Board of Advisors is Sheila Birnbaum. The Center joins scholars, practicing lawyers, judges, court administrators, and other interested participants and encourages them to explore anew the role that litigation plays in our legal system, the values that need to be preserved, and what can be done in the modern age to preserve them. 


2018 Fall Conferences

The Center on Civil Justice is hosting two conferences this fall, both in Greenberg Lounge at NYU Law.  The second, entitled Artificial Intelligence in a Democratic Society, will examine how our institutions -- laws, regulations, rules of professional conduct, and more -- are prepared for the rise in artificial intelligence and automation in our lives, workplaces, and courtrooms.  It will take place on Friday, November 30 from 9:00-5:00 and Saturday, December 1 from 9:00-1:30.  You can purchase tickets by clicking here, or -- if you are a student or employee of a University or other not-for-profit entity -- you may register for free with your school or work email address by clicking here.  The first conference, MDL at 50, took place on October 12 and 13.  The conference was filmed, and videos are available by clicking here.

Northern District of California Updates Procedural Guidance for Class Action Settlements

Professor Samuel Issacharoff and the Center on Civil Justice provided comments and materials to the United States District Court for the Northern District of California on how to increase data transparency in aggregate litigation cases, as part of our Aggregate Litigation Data Project.  The Northern District has now approved update procedural guidance for class action settlements, which will increase the publicly available data in these cases.  The updated guidance can be found here.

Contact Us

Center on Civil Justice 
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Wilf Hall, Fifth Floor
New York, New York 10012
(212) 992-6196