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 co-directors, Professors Samuel Estreicher and Troy Mckenzie, and Professor Emeritus Oscar Chase. The Board of Advisors of the Institute consists of distinguished state and federal jurists, law scholars and practitioners, and is chaired by Evan R. Chesler, Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP.


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Thursday, December 2 | 3:30–6 p.m. EST via Zoom Webinar

A joint webinar of Columbia Law School and the

Institute of Judicial Administration at NYU School of Law

Jack B. Weinstein: Pioneer in Judging and Justice




This event pays tribute to Judge Jack B. Weinstein (Columbia Law School, Class of 1948) and his pioneering contributions to substantive law and procedure as well as judicial process and views of the judicial role. 

Faculty from Columbia Law School and NYU School of Law join Weinstein’s former clerks, students, and bench colleagues to explore Weinstein’s legacy in panels including “Judicial Administration and View of the Judicial Role,” “Mass Torts and Complex Litigation,” “Criminal Law—Evidence—Sentencing,” and “Civil Practice and Procedure.” 

Speakers will reference Weinstein’s academic writings, treatises, and legal opinions, including appellate review of such opinions, while also sharing personal anecdotes and lessons learned from the judge. Participants will also hear Weinstein’s views—in his own words, as captured in his oral history interviews conducted by NYU School of Law’s Institute of Judicial Administration (2016).

Part I: Judicial Administration and View of the Judicial Role, Civil Practice and Procedure, Mass Torts and Complex Litigation, Criminal Law—Evidence—Sentencing
Part II: Personal Remembrances: Weinstein's Clerks and Students


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


Recent Publications by IJA Faculty Co-Director Samuel Estreicher

  • Substantial Questions of Statutory Authority Confront OSHA's COVID-19 Vaccination Emergency Temporary Standard (2021) (New York Law Journal)

  • Tenth Circuit Holds That Contract Formation Issues Are for the Court, Not the Arbitrator, Notwithstanding an Express Delegation Clause (2021) (New York Law Journal)

  • Taking Treaty-Implementing Statutes Seriously, in The Restatement and Beyond: The Past, Present, and Future of the Foreign Relations Law of the United States ch.3 (2021) (P. Stephan & Sarah H. Cleveland eds., Oxford University Press)

  • Seventh Circuit Rejects Court-Based Discovery in Aid of International Arbitration (2020) (Verdict, Legal Analysis and Commentary from Justia)

  • In Defense of International Comity, 93 Southern Calif. L. Rev. 169 (2020) (with Thomas H, Lee) (lead article)


Recent Amici Curiae Briefs by IJA Faculty Directors

  • 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)
  • Kisor v. Wilkie, No. 18-15 – Br. of Professors of Administrative Law and Federal Regulation as Amici Curiae in Support of Neither Party
  • Animal Science Products, Inc. v. Hebei Welcome Pharmaceutical Co., Inc., No. 16-1220 – Br. Amici Curiae of Professors Samuel Estreicher and Thomas  H. Lee in Support of Neither Party (counsel of record)
  • Ford Motor Company, Petitioner v. Montana Eighth Judicial District Court, et al., No. 19-368 and 19-369- Br. Amici Curiae of NYU Law Professors Samuel Estreicher, Troy McKenzie, and Linda Silberman, along with Professors Edward Hartnett (Seton Hall School of Law) and David Noll (Rutgers Law School), in support of Respondent.