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History of Reform Efforts: New York

Active Organizations

Fund for Modern Courts
Modern Courts is a private, nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to improving the administration of justice in New York. Founded in 1955, and led by concerned citizens, prominent lawyers, and business leaders, the organization works to make the court system more accessible, efficient, and user-friendly. For the last 45 years, the cornerstone of their efforts has been the need to change New York's method of selecting judges. Along with other citizen groups, Modern Courts was active in promoting the 1977 constitutional amendment that established merit selection of court of appeals judges.

League of Women Voters of New York

New York State Bar Association
In 2001, the New York State Bar Association established the Special Committee on Judicial Campaign Conduct. The committee has created model guidelines for conduct committees at the county level, a model pledge for candidates, and a brochure outlining the rules for conducting judicial campaigns. Local campaign oversight committees exist in Erie, Monroe, New York, and Onandaga Counties.