About the Institute

Founded in 1952, the Institute of Judicial Administration at New York University School of Law (IJA) is dedicated to the judiciary and continues today as a leader in judicial education and a forum for non-partisan thinking and discussion about the administration of justice.

The work of the Institute has become ever more critical with the proliferation of federal and state laws, the increasing workload and public profile of the courts, process changes ushered in by the pandemic, and the growth in adjudicative bureaucracies.

The Institute is operated by staff under the guidance of Faculty Director Professor Samuel Estreicher. The Board of Advisors of the Institute consists of distinguished state and federal jurists, law scholars and practitioners, and Dean Troy McKenzie who formerly served as faculty co-director of IJA. The Board is chaired by Evan R. Chesler, Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP.


Institute News

The Institute of Judicial Administration is pleased to announce IJA Co-Faculty Director Troy McKenzie has been named Dean of NYU School of Law.

Read NYU's announcement here.


IJA's 27th Annual Brennan Lecture: Roy W. McLeese III, '85

On October 25, 2022, IJA held the 27th Annual Brennan Lecture on State Courts and Social Justice. Judge McLeese's lecture, "Trying to Write Fair Opinions," discussed the value of writing procedurally fair opinions and offering techniques and thoughts to do so. Watch the lecture here

Judge McLeese delivers 27th annual IJA Brennan Lecture


Remembering Judge Laurence H. Silberman: IJA Oral History

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Watch the IJA Oral History of Judge Laurence H. Silberman, Senior United States Circuit Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. The interview was held on May 17, 2017, in Judge Silberman's chambers in Washington, DC. It was conducted by Paul D. Clement, former US solicitor general.

View Past Programs here.


New IJA Oral History: Justice Stewart G. Pollock '57

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The Institute of Judicial Administration is pleased to release the newest oral history interview and our first of a state court justice. WATCH the interview of Justice Stewart G. Pollock '57, former Associate Justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court, conducted by Justice Pollock's former clerk--John J. Sivolella '92, PhD, Professor of Political Science at Columbia University.

Justice Pollock was a Root Tilden Scholar. In 1985, NYU Law awarded him the Arthur T. Vanderbilt Medal alumni honor. He has been a trustee since 2008. He also served several years on the IJA Advisory Board and as a faculty of IJA's New Appellate Judges Seminar. Justice Pollock delivered the second annual IJA William J. Brennan, Jr. Lecture in State Courts & Social Justice on "The Art of Judging" in 1996. The NYU Law Review dedicated their 1999 Volume 74, Issue No. 5, to Justice Pollock. He also contributed two articles for the Annual Survey of American Law. One was in the 1984 Volume, Issue 1, on "Land Use: State Constitutions, Land Use, and Public Resources: The Gift Outright." The other was in the 1998 Volume, Issue 2, on "School Finance in the Courts


View Recent Publications by IJA Faculty Director Samuel Estreicher here.


Recent Amici Curiae Briefs by IJA Faculty Director

  • Republic of Hungary Magyar and Allamvesutak Zrt. v. Simon; Federal Republic of Germany v. Phiilip, Nos. 18-447, 19-351 – Br. of Professors Samuel Estreicher and Thomas J. Lee as Amici Curiae in Support of Neither Party
  • Nestle USA, Inc. v. John Doe I, et al. & Cargill, Inc. v. John Doe I, et al., Nos. 19-416, 19-453 – Br. of Professors of International Law, Foreign Relations Law, and Federal Jurisdiction as Amici Curiae in Support of Petitioners  (counsel of record)