Since its founding in 1952, the Institute of Judicial Administration (IJA) has been committed to improving the administration of justice and providing judicial education. IJA sponsors annual appellate judges training seminars, workshops on special topics in the law, and the William J. Brennan Jr. Lecture series honoring the state judiciary, among other programs.




Participants and Faculty at 2017 Appellate Judges Seminar



Upcoming Programs:


IJA's 25th Annual Brennan Lecture on State Courts & Social Justice:

The Honorable Nathan L. Hecht, Chief Justice, Texas Supreme Court



Nathan Hecht


Introduction by the Hon. Thomas R. Phillips of Baker Botts LLP and retired Chief Justice of the Texas Supreme Court


Wednesday, March 6, 2019, 6:15-7:30 pm
Greenberg Lounge, Vanderbilt Hall

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To register for the 61st Annual New Appellate Judges Seminar July 14-19, 2019, please go to the page "New Appellate Judges Seminar" or use this link:


Past Programs:

IJA’s 60th Annual New Appellate Judges Seminar

Sunday-Friday, July 15-20, 2018. 


Effective Appellate Advocacy: Views from the Bench and the Bar

Friday, April 13, 2018 from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. in Washington D.C. at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit

E. Barrett Prettyman Courthouse, Confrence Room 1131B

333 Constitution Avenue

Washington, D.C. 20001

For more information or registration, please contact Alison Schifini at (212) 992-6289 or


IJA’s 24th Annual Brennan Lecture on State Courts and Social Justice:

The Honorable Janet DiFiore, Chief Judge, New York Court of Appeals

“The Excellence Initiative & the Rule of Law”

Thursday, March 8, 2018 from 6:15 to 7:30 p.m.

Greenberg Lounge, Vanderbilt Hall, NYU School of Law


IJA’s 59th Annual New Appellate Judges Seminar:


  “I have been to many training seminars and this was the best.  Engaging, great mix of topics and all relevant to appellate judges; material was helpful and appreciated.


  “This is a superb program.  Hats off to NYU for putting together a first-rate faculty and then treating the student judges to a week’s worth of great instruction, interaction with colleagues from around the country, good food, and wonderful hospitality from our NYC hosts.


  “The best legal seminar I have ever attended.  Simply the best—great facilities, presentations and instructors.  Great support from the staff.”


  “By all accounts the program was informative, instructive…an excellent and productive use of our time.” 



IJA’s 23rd Annual Brennan Lecture on State Courts and Social Justice:

The Honorable Goodwin Liu, California Supreme Court

“State Constitutions and the Protection of Individual Rights: A Reappraisal”

Thursday, March 23, 2017

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NYU’s Annual Employment Law Workshop for Federal Judges

Co-hosted with the Federal Judicial Center and the Center for Labor and Employment Law