David Udell

Visiting Professor from Practice


B.A., 1979, Brandeis University
J.D., 1982, New York University


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 National Center in developing The Justice Index and in improving the circumstances of vulnerable people in the justice system.  Director of the Justice Program of the Brennan Center for Justice 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 and a member of the Advisory Board to the Justice Center of the New York County Lawyers’ Association, and has served on the Pro Bono and Legal Services Committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York.  He 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 at Fordham Law School.  He is a 1982 graduate of New York University School of Law.