07.01.20 — Professor Ari Waldman has been appointed by New York Chief Judge Janet DiFiore to 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.

Waldman, a leading authority on law and technology, joined Northeastern University’s faculty on July 1 as Professor of Law and Computer Science with a joint appointment at the School of Law and Khoury College of Computer Sciences. He studies asymmetrical power relations created and entrenched by law and technology, with particular focus on privacy, online harassment and the LGBTQ community.

“It’s a privilege to be part of this diverse commission on the future of the New York state courts,” said Waldman. “And now it's time to put that privilege to good use. We can build and reimagine what a court system should look like, not just during a pandemic, but one that protects privacy and achieves our social justice goals. I want to build courts that are structurally anti-racist, accessible to all and welcoming to those seeking justice against the powerful."

Commission members:

Henry M. Greenberg

The Honorable 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

Andrew Brown
Managing Partner, Brown Hutchinson; Vice Chancellor, New York State Board of Regents; President-elect, New York State Bar Association

The Honorable Anthony Cannataro
Administrative Judge, Civil Court of the City of New York

Mylan Denerstein
Partner, Gibson Dunn

The Honorable Craig Doran
Administrative Judge for the Seventh Judicial District

Richard Edlin
Vice-Chairman, Greenberg Traurig

Robert Giuffra, Jr.
Partner, Sullivan & Cromwell

Dennis Glazer
Retired Partner, Davis Polk & Wardwell

The Honorable Timothy Idoni
County Clerk of Westchester

The Honorable Edwina G. Mendelson
Deputy Chief Administrative Judge for Justice Initiatives

Seymour James
Partner, Barket Epstein Kearon Aldea & LoTurco

Brad Karp
Chairman, Paul, Weiss Roger

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

Jack Newton
Chief Executive Officer and Co-founder, Clio

Sharon Porcellio
Member, Bond Schoeneck & King; Co-Chair, Advisory Group to the New York State Federal Judicial Council

Paul Saunders
Chair, New York State Judicial Institute on Professionalism in the Law

Arthur Semetis
President, Arthur J. Semetis

Paul Shechtman
Partner, Bracewell

Michael Simons
Dean, St. John’s Law School Madeline Singas, Nassau County District Attorney

The Honorable Leslie 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

About Northeastern University School of Law

The nation’s leader in experiential legal education since 1968, Northeastern University School of Law offers the longest-running, most extensive experience-based legal education program in the country and is a national leader in legal education reform. Founded with cooperative legal education as the cornerstone of its program, Northeastern guarantees its students unparalleled practical legal work experiences. All students participate in full-time legal placements, and can choose from the more than 1,500 employers worldwide participating in the school’s signature Cooperative Legal Education Program. Northeastern University School of Law blends theory and practice, providing students with a unique set of skills and experience to successfully practice law.

For more information, contact d.feldman@northeastern.edu.