New Appellate Judges Seminar

Sponsored by the Institute of Judicial Administration (IJA) at New York University School of Law. 

Each year since 1959, IJA invites applications to attend this seminar designed for, and open only to, judges with no more than four years of experience on federal courts of appeal, state highest courts, and state intermediate courts of appeal. Since its inception, the IJA New Appellate Judges Seminars have been attended by appellate judges from virtually every state and federal appeals court.

Table discussion from AJS between Judges Matey, Dunca, Tang, Tao, and Nelson.

From left to right: Hon. Paul Matey, Hon. Stuart Kyle Duncan, Hon. Angela Tang, Hon. Neomi Rao, and Hon. Ryan D. Nelson.

The next New Appellate Judges Seminar will take place July 19-23, 2020.

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN - Click here to access the application.

"A blockbuster experience – revelatory in many ways about approach, difficulties, and methods to address this amazingly difficult and rewarding role. A MUST-DO for any judge new or old (especially new!)."

Curriculum: The Seminar  combines practical training for new appellate judges such as sessions on collegiality, ethics and opinion writing, along with issues of substantive law, such as statutory interpretation and recent issues in state constitutional and criminal law. The Seminar is taught by a distinguished faculty of jurists and academics. Seminar sessions are informal and interactive, with the faculty leading discussions rather than delivering lectures. It is very important that program participants attend all sessions and remain through the end of the program. The event typically seeks New York State CLE credit, typically categorized as non-transitional credit and not acceptable for newly admitted attorneys.  Approximately 21 hours of CLE credit are expected to be available.** 

Location:  The Seminars are at NYU School of Law, located in New York City's historic Greenwich Village. 

Travel and Subsistence: Each judge is responsible for his or her travel and living expenses though breakfasts and lunches are included in the program days. IJA sends group hotel rate information directly to accepted participants in the program. For help in defraying these expenses, judges should contact the staff responsible for judicial training in their courts.  U.S. Court of Appeals Judges: The Federal Judicial Center will cover certain costs for Article III federal appellate judges. If applicable, please contact Brenda Baldwin-White, Senior Judicial Education Attorney, at the Federal Judicial Center by calling 202-502-4112 or emailing

Entertainment:  The Seminar usually includes an opening dinner. IJA also organizes an optional theater event and a dinner outing.  Most sessions end by 4:30 p.m. permitting participants to take advantage of New York City attractions, often with fellow judges.

Jeffrey Wall addresses participants and faculty at AJS 2019.

U.S. DOJ Deputy Solicitor General Jeffrey Wall gives the opening address at AJS 2019.

Applications: Because we often receive more applications than we can accept, and we aim for a diverse representation of courts and regions, we regret that we may not be able to accept all interested applicants. We strive to make room for all interested judges within a year of application, if possible. The 2019 Appellate Judges Seminar will take place from July 14-19, 2019.  

The application is now available here and should be filled out in an external PDF viewer and saved or printed, and can then be mailed, faxed, or e-mailed to the attention of Allison Schifini (, NYU School of Law, IJA, 420 Wilf Hall, 139 Macdougal Street, New York, NY 10012. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at


Tuition Fee:  There is a tuition fee of $1,000 for the program, which covers instruction, course materials, the opening dinner and daytime meals throughout the Seminar. For Article III federal appellate judges,  IJA will coordinate tuition directly with the Federal Judicial Center as part of their Orientation for New Federal Appellate Judges. For further information, federal judges may contact Brenda Baldwin-White, Senior Judicial Education Attorney, at the Federal Judicial Center by calling 202-502-4112 or emailing 

We are confident that the Seminar will provide attending judges with a stimulating, enjoyable, and memorable week in New York. Thank you for your interest.

“ This was truly one of the best “CLE’s” I have ever attended in my 26+ years as a lawyer. Thanks to everyone for all

their efforts in making this such a terrific week.”


“Thank you. This was an extraordinary week and I will sing the praise of this program to new judges in my state (and everywhere).”

“Probably the best MCLE program for judges I have ever attended!"



**NYU Law is committed to the availability of quality affordable continuing legal education programs to its alumni community and members of the bar-at-large. Consequently, the fees charged by the School of Law for CLE programs reflect this commitment. All financial hardship requests for waived or reduced fees for NYU School of Law-sponsored CLE programs must be made in writing and contain a brief statement (no more than one page) of the economic hardship status and recent employment history (private law firm, not-for-profit, public or government service); and any pertinent financial circumstances that reflect the applicant's financial burden and need. All requests made in accordance with these guidelines shall be kept confidential. Written requests for relief will be reviewed by the individual CLE event's coordinator and the director of professional skills training. Applicants will be informed of a decision in a timely manner in advance of the date on which the program is scheduled.