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NYCLA ESTABLISHES JUSTICE CENTER
Former Fordham Law School Dean John D. Feerick to lead effort to bring members of the bar and public together to advance Justice System improvements
NEW YORK, September 18, 2002 – The New York County Lawyers’ Association announced today the formation of the NYCLA Justice Center. The Justice Center will bring together representatives of all NYCLA committees and sections involved with justice system initiatives as well as lay people from the private and public sector, so as to produce a greater and more focused collaboration in bench, bar and public involvement in justice system improvements.
John D. Feerick, former Dean of Fordham University School of Law and former President of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, has agreed to be the Justice Center Chair. Catherine A. Christian, a past NYCLA Board Member, will be Vice Chair. NYCLA President Michael Miller stated: “Dean Feerick brings to this important effort extraordinary leadership, scholarship and commitment to the highest principles of our profession. He is the perfect founding Chair for NYCLA’s Justice Center. “
Among the areas to be addressed are judicial independence; access to the courts and legal services, including improvements in customer service in the courts; elimination of ethnic and racial bias in the justice system; and alternatives to litigation (such as alternative dispute resolution).
NYCLA Committee on Committees Chair M. Barry Levy, who conceived and developed the initial mission of the Justice Center, stated, “The NYCLA Justice Center will endeavor to reach out to a broad spectrum of individuals and organizations, including students, professors, non-lawyers, social service providers and other groups having a direct interest in improving our justice system. Community involvement will be essential to its success.”
The New York County Lawyers’ Association was founded 94 years ago as the first major bar association in the country that admitted members without regard to race, ethnicity, religion or gender. Since its inception, NYCLA has pioneered some of the most far-reaching and tangible reforms in American jurisprudence and has continuously played an active role in legal developments and public policy.