New Appellate Judges Seminar

The Institute of Judicial Administration (IJA) at New York University School of Law 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 in 1956, the IJA New Appellate Judges Seminars have been attended by appellate judges from virtually every state and federal appeals court.

This past summer, we held our first fully-virtual AJS. Chief Judge Debra Ann Livingston of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit gave welcoming remarks, while U.S. Solicitor General Elizabeth Prelogar addressed attendees at an online reception. The success of this year's seminar is a credit to our dedicated senior judicial faculty and the active participation of the attending judges.

Group Photo of judges attending IJA's 61st New Appellate Judges Seminar 2019
Attending Judges of IJA's 61st New Appellate Judges Seminar 2019

"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!)."

"This seminar should be a yearly requirement for ALL new appellate judges for their first 3 years on the appellate bench!"

Curriculum: The Seminar  combines practical training for new appellate judges such as sessions on appellate process and decision-making, conferencing & collegiality, issues of judicial ethics and independence, and opinion writing and editing, statutory interpretation. 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.

Location:  The Seminars are typically at NYU School of Law, located in New York City's historic Greenwich Village. The 2021 Seminar was held online.

Travel and Subsistence When Held Live: 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.

Entertainment:  The Seminar usually includes an opening dinner and an optional theater event with group discounts organized by IJA. 

Jeffrey Wall addresses participants and faculty at AJS 2019.

U.S. 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. 

Tuition Fee:  There is a tuition fee of $1,000 for the program, which covers 5-days of instruction, course materials and books, and, when live, 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 at the Federal Judicial Center. 

We are confident that the Seminar will provide attending judges with a stimulating, enjoyable, and memorable week. 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!"