News &  Events
(and an Invitation!)
October 7, 2016
Please Join us for  
"Where the Civil & Criminal Justice Systems Meet" 

On the evening of  October 19th , Fordham University School of Law will celebrate the national launch of the school's  Access to Justice Initiative  with a welcoming reception for the National Center for Access to Justice.

NCAJ Executive Director  David Udell  will moderate " Where the Civil and Criminal Justice Systems Meet: Next Steps in the Access to Justice Revolution"  with guest panelists:

Jonathan Lippman
Of Counsel, Latham & Watkins LLP
New York State Chief Judge  (2009-2015)

Nathan L. Hecht
Chief Justice
Supreme Court of Texas

Jorge Labarga
Chief Justice
Florida Supreme Court

Stuart Rabner
Chief Justice
New Jersey Supreme Court

Jo-Ann Wallace
President and CEO
National Legal Aid & Defender Association

Wednesday, October 19, 2016
5:30pm check-in  |  6pm program
Fordham University School of Law
150 West 62nd Street, New York, NY 10023
News, Reports & Op-Eds
U.S. Department of Justice Report:
"Language Access in State Courts"
US DOJ explains language access:  authority for requiring it in the courts, diverse roles performed by interpreters, progress made in the states, and the "emerging consensus" revealed in the Justice Index.

Click here to read the publication.
Learn more about the Justice Index here
Visit the Justice Index at
NCAJ Co-hosts "Goal 16 Access to Justice Consultation" with "White House--Legal Aid Interagency Roundtable"
On September 19th, Executive Director David Udell, partnering with the Columbia Law School Human Rights Institute, convened 30 experts from nonprofits and academia in a "consultation" with officials from 15 federal agencies on the  design of "indicators" to track data and promote access to justice in implementing Goal 16 of the United Nation's 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda in the US.

Read the Department of Justice's coverage of the event.
Click here for complete hearing video; David Udell's testimony at 3:39.
NCAJ Delivers Testimony in Support of New York City Civil Right to Counsel Bill, Intro 214-A
On September 26, over 80 tenants, community leaders, and advocates delivered testimonies in support of Intro 214-A, a NY City bill that aims to provide low-income tenants with the right to legal representation. Introduced in March 2014 by Council Members Mark Levine and Vanessa Gibson, the bill would be the first law to recognize a civil right to counsel for tenants facing eviction, ejectment and foreclosure proceedings.

"Law Schools Must Focus on Access to Justice" Say Udell, Diller & Lippman in NLJ Op Ed
NCAJ Executive Director David Udell, Fordham University Law School Dean Matthew Diller, and former NYS Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman, co-chairs of Fordham University Law School's new Access to Justice Initiative, describe the reasons for placing access to justice at the center of legal education.

Click here to read the op ed on the NCAJ Blog.