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 draws 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, Geoffrey Miller, and Troy McKenzie. 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. 


MDLs & Class Actions: A Discussion with Chris Seeger and Elizabeth Burch

The Center on Civil Justice is excited to announce an upcoming digital event, scheduled for Tuesday, October 20th.  Chris Seeger has been lead Plaintiff's counsel in many of the nation's most significant multidistrict litigations, including the NFL case, the Vioxx case, and others.  Elizabeth Burch is the Fuller E. Callaway Chair of Law at the University of Georgia School of Law and author of the 2019 book, "Mass Tort Deals: Backroom Bargaining in Multidistrict Litigation."  The two will have a discussion moderated by Hon. John Koeltl on how to improve the MDL system.  Register here.

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Center on Civil Justice 
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New York, New York 10012
(212) 992-6196