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.


IJA's 28th Brennan Lecture on State Courts & Social Justice

Chief Justice McCormack

The Institute of Judicial Administration cordially invites you to attend IJA's 28th Annual William J. Brennan, Jr. Lecture on State Courts & Social Justice

Chief Justice Bridget McCormack '91, ret. Michigan Supreme Court

The Disruption We Needed: Accelerated Innovation in Courts & Access to Justice

Thursday, October 5, 2023
NYU School of Law, Vanderbilt Hall
Greenberg Lounge, 40 Washington Square Park South, NY, NY
Doors are open 6:00-8:00pm. Lecture 6:15-7:30.
This event is applying for NYS CLE


The Covid-19 pandemic brought historical disruption to courthouses across the country. In the context of a very-slow-to-change legal industry, courts are among the least able institutional stakeholders to pivot and innovate. But the pandemic gave them an opportunity to do exactly that, and many seized it. Chief Justice McCormack will address those innovations-- from technological adaptations to procedural modifications-- and the lessons learned from them. In particular, the innovations taught court leaders new ways to address the civil justice gap and allowed them to collaborate with stakeholders to find upstream solutions to justice problems. But the news about what happens next seems to be mixed; barriers to making positive changes permanent are sticky. Chief Justice McCormack will address the threats and opportunities facing court systems as a result.

The lecture is free of charge. Pre-registration is required.


Institute News

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

Read NYU's announcement here.


Judge Rosemary Barkett: IJA Oral History

Watch the IJA Oral History of Judge Rosemary Barkett, United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. The interview was held on November 2, 2022, and conducted by Sarah E. Harrington, Deputy Assistant Attorney General, US Department of Justice.


Chief Justice Roderick Ireland: IJA Oral History

Watch the IJA Oral History of Chief Justice Roderick Ireland, Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. The interview was held on October 28, 2022, and conducted by Shalanda H. Baker, Director of the Office of Economic Impact and Diversity, US Department of Energy.


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. 

Judge McLeese delivers 27th annual IJA Brennan Lecture


Remembering Judge Laurence H. Silberman: IJA Oral History

Judge Judge Laurence Silberman

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.

View Recent Publications by IJA Faculty Director Samuel Estreicher here.