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. 



Artificial Intelligence: Educating the Legal Profession [11/22/2019]

On November 22, in Greenberg Lounge, CCJ will be hosting a conference focusing on educating the legal profession about Artificial Intelligence.  The conference will feature three panels, one by the Princeton Dialogues on AI and Ethics, one by NYU Law student group Rights Over Tech, and one on judicial education featuring Federal Judicial Center Director of Education Dana Chipman and National Judicial College President Benes Aldana. 

Center on Civil Justice Launches Dispute Financing Library

The Center on Civil Justice at NYU School of Law has launched a comprehensive digital library of documents relating the third-party litigation funding industry.  

The third-party litigation funding industry is young and growing quickly in size and importance.  Its supporters maintain the industry, when run properly, provides needed resources to improve the delivery of civil and commercial justice.  The industry has also attracted significant detractors.  There is a need for careful, comprehensive, independent analysis of and reporting about the industry.

A threshold need is to establish a neutral, quality repository for the collection of information and data about the industry.  The Library includes information supplied by both supporters and critics, and it is freely available to the public.  From statutes and case law to journal articles and bar reports, from best practices to news stories, the Library contains the documents needed for industry insiders to conduct their business and for industry outsiders to learn as much as possible.

“The Center on Civil Justice is dedicated to making information and data on our civil justice system more readily available.  We have collected dispersed information on this new and growing industry, and we are proud to have made that information freely available to the public,” said Center on Civil Justice Director Peter Zimroth.

The Library is available online at

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