Chief Judge DiFiore Names Commission to Develop Comprehensive Vision for the Court System of the Future

NEW YORK − Chief Judge Janet DiFiore today announced the appointment of a new commission charged with examining the enhanced use of technology and online platforms, among other innovations, and making recommendations to improve the delivery and quality of justice services, facilitate access to justice and better equip the New York State court system to keep pace with society’s rapidly evolving changes. 

Comprising a distinguished group of judges, lawyers, academics and technology experts, the Commission to Reimagine the Future of New York’s Courts will explore regulatory, structural, technological and other innovations, providing short-term recommendations as the courts resume in-person operations while developing a blueprint for the court system of tomorrow. 

To this end, the Commission will obtain widespread input through public comment, targeted outreach and the views of experts, proposing practical reforms that may be implemented by the Court System or Legislature. Judge DiFiore has called upon Henry Greenberg, a partner at Greenberg Traurig LLP and immediate past president of the New York State Bar Association, to spearhead this effort. Mr. Greenberg will serve as Chair of the Commission. 

“While a tragedy, the COVID-19 crisis has been an impetus for innovation, leading us to examine what we have learned from the pandemic and how to best move forward. The pandemic’s dramatic impact on court operations has paved the way for the embrace of new technologies and approaches, with a focus on fairness, efficiency and efficacy. I am eager to work with Hank Greenberg and the Commission members as we seek to remove barriers to justice and prepare the Court System to effectively meet the justice needs of New Yorkers in the years ahead,” said Chief Judge DiFiore. 

“I thank Chief Judge DiFiore for the honor of chairing the Commission and working with such an extraordinary group of judges and lawyers. The COVID-19 pandemic offers a unique opportunity to reimagine how courts deliver services and consider innovative proposals for the justice system of the future. The Commission, therefore, will explore the enhanced use of technology and online platforms, and regulatory and structural innovations, to more effectively and efficiently adjudicate cases and improve the accessibility, affordability and quality of legal services for all New Yorkers,” said Henry Greenberg. 

A roster of the Commission members follows. 

Chair 

Henry M. Greenberg 

Members 

Hon. Ariel E. Belen, Retired Associate Justice of the Appellate Division, Second Department, and Administrative Judge of the Supreme Court, Kings County 

Mark A. Berman, partner, Ganfer Shore Leeds & Zauderer, LLP 

T. Andrew Brown, managing partner, Brown Hutchinson LLP; Vice Chancellor, New York State Board of Regents; president-elect, New York State Bar Association 

Hon. Anthony Cannataro, Administrative Judge, Civil Court of the City of New York 

Mylan L. Denerstein, partner, Gibson Dunn LLP 

Hon. Craig J. Doran, Administrative Judge for the Seventh Judicial District 

Richard A. Edlin, Vice-Chairman, Greenberg Traurig, LLP 

Robert J. Giuffra, Jr., partner, Sullivan & Cromwell LLP 

Dennis E. Glazer, retired partner, Davis Polk & Wardwell 

Hon. Timothy C. Idoni, County Clerk of Westchester 

Hon. Edwina G. Mendelson, Deputy Chief Administrative Judge for Justice Initiatives 

Seymour James, partner, Barket Epstein Kearon Aldea & LoTurco 

Brad S. Karp, chairman, Paul, Weiss 

Roger Juan Maldonado, partner, Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP; immediate past President of the New York City Bar Association 

Jack Newton, chief executive officer & co-founder, Clio 

Sharon M. Porcellio, member, Bond Schoeneck & King; co-chair, Advisory Group to the New York State Federal Judicial Council 

Paul C. Saunders, chair, New York State Judicial Institute on Professionalism in the Law 

Arthur J. Semetis, president, Arthur J. Semetis, P.C. 

Paul Shechtman, partner, Bracewell 

Michael A. Simons, Dean, St. John’s Law School 

Madeline Singas, Nassau County District Attorney 

Hon. Leslie E. Stein, Associate Judge, New York Court of Appeals 

Ari Ezra Waldman, Professor of Law and Computer Science, Northeastern University School of Law and Khoury College of Computer Sciences (as of 7/1/20) 

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