David Udell

David S. Udell, Executive Director of the National Center for Access to Justice and Visiting Professor from Practice at Cardozo Law School, guides the work of the Center in improving the circumstances of vulnerable people in the justice system, including its projects to develop a Justice Index and to strengthen Law Student Pro Bono. Founder of the Justice Program of the Brennan Center for Justice, and director of the Justice Program from September 1997 to August 2010, he has also held positions as a senior attorney at Legal Services for the Elderly and as a managing attorney at MFY Legal Services. He has had leadership roles in the national civil right to counsel movement and the national indigent defense reform movement, and has coordinated national advocacy initiatives to help strengthen the nation’s Legal Services Corporation. He is chair of the Subcommittee on Access to Justice of the Committee on Professional Responsibility of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, member of the Advisory Board to the Justice Center of the New York County Lawyers’ Association, and former member of the Pro Bono and Legal Services Committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York. He co-teaches a seminar, The Justice Gap: Strategies for Securing the Delivery of Equal Justice in American Courts, at Cardozo Law School, and has also taught at New York University Law School and Fordham Law School. He is a 1982 graduate of New York University School of Law.

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