The Fund For Modern Courts

blind-justice-300The Fund for Modern Courts is an independent, statewide court reform organization committed to improving the judicial system for all New Yorkers. The Fund for Modern Courts was founded in 1955  by concerned citizens, prominent lawyers, and business leaders. Modern Courts strives to improve the administration and quality of justice in our courts. By building relationships with legal service and advocacy organizations, community members, bar associations and state and local governments, Modern Courts works with those who want to ensure an independent, diverse and highly qualified judiciary and provide equal access to justice for all New Yorkers.

It is the only organization in New York State devoted exclusively to improving the judicial system.

McCloy Event at Bryant Park Grill

Thank you to our honorees, presenters and guests for a successful event!

Hon. Eric Schneiderman presented the McCloy Award to Honoree Harlan Levy; the Public Service Award given to the Hon. Jonathan Lippman, was presented by Chief Judge Janet DiFiore, and Board Chair Barry Bohrer served as the master of ceremonies. Harlan use for WebsiteRead about the 2016 honorees

Modern Courts Congratulates New Chief Judge of the State of New York, the Honorable Janet Difiore


New York, NY – The Fund for Modern Courts congratulated the new Chief Judge of the State of New York, the Honorable Janet DiFiore, and offered to work with her to make the courts work optimally for all those who rely on the courts to resolve their many issues.

Barry A. Bohrer, Chair of the Fund for Modern Courts, said, “New York’s third branch of our state government once more has the leadership it deserves to meet its constitutional obligations, and provide justice for the people of the State of New York. Modern Courts looks forward to working with Chief Judge DiFiore. ”

Amelia T.R. Starr, Chair of Modern Courts’ Executive Committee, said, “The appointment of Chief Judge DiFiore is so important because the she not only sits as a member of the Court of Appeals, New York State’s highest court, but also is the chief judicial officer of the Unified Court System, and as such administers the court system. In addition, it is critical to have a Chief Judge in place to negotiate the judiciary budget.”

The Members of the Boards of the Fund & Committee for Modern Courts mourn the passing of our Board member, colleague, and outstanding advocate for judicial reform, former Chief Judge of New York State, Hon. Judith S. Kaye. May she rest in peace.

download“There can be no doubt that I have had the role of a lifetime, a privilege beyond description to labor in the cause of justice alongside the greatest people on Earth.”

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