Judge for a Day

Launched in 2000, the Family Court Judge for a Day Program introduces public officials and private sector executives to the New York City Family Courts. The Program is conducted in partnership with the Family Court.

How It Works and Why

At Judge for a Day, attendees have the unique opportunity to shadow judges for a morning session and then participate in an interactive luncheon with the Administrative Judge of the City’s Family Courts, the hosting judges, and LIFT staff.  In addition to raising awareness of Family Court conditions, Judge for a Day provides a more finely grained picture of LIFT’s role in the Family Courts and helps secure resources for LIFT and the New York City Family Courts.

Response to the Experience:

“The ‘Family Court Judge for a Day’ initiative is an excellent resource that provides community leaders with an important view of the current state of New York’s Family Courts. Our Family Courts are in desperate need of attention, and the outstanding work provided by organizations such as LIFT helps to shed light on a critical component of our justice system.”

— Stephen P. Younger, New York State Bar Association President (read the President's Message in the NYSBA Journal)


If you are interested in participating in Judge for a Day, please email development@LIFTonline.org.