Luke Bierman, a Fellow in Government Law and Policy at Albany Law School's Government Law Center, has been appointed to a new statewide task force created to improve town and village courts.
The 14-member panel, formed by the New York City Bar Association and including judges and lawyers, will develop proposals to improve the state's town and village court systems.
The task force was formed after a three-part series in The New York Times that highlighted judicial abuse and errors in New York state's town and village courts.
Bierman, a national expert on the judicial process, joined the Government Law Center in August 2006. He was previously the director of the Institute for Emerging Issues at the North Carolina State University, where he also was an associate professor of political science, and the founding director of the American Bar Association Justice Center.
Bierman has published and lectured widely on state courts and state constitutional law. He taught constitutional law and civil liberties as a visiting associate professor at The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, and as an adjunct at Trinity College in Connecticut, the University at Albany and Northwestern University School of Law. He is an elected member of the American Law Institute and serves on the board of directors of the Justice at Stake Campaign. He also is a senior consulting editor of State Constitutional Commentary published by Albany Law School and the associate editor of Justice System Journal published by the National Center for State Courts.