Foreword: Framing Family Court Through the Lens of Accountability

13 Pages Posted: 17 Nov 2007 Last revised: 23 Dec 2007


A two-day conference, 'Family Court in New York City in the 21st Century: What Are Its Role and Responsibilities?' was co-hosted by the Justice Center of the New York County Lawyers' Association (NYCLA) and Columbia Law School in October 2006. The conference recommendations and working group reports as well as articles and replies are contained in a symposium issue of the Columbia Journal of Law and Social Problems, for which this foreword was written. The foreword highlights the central concerns explored during the conference and the pervasive theme of accountability that emerged. Based on this theme, the foreword suggests a number of ways to reconceptualize our approach to family court reform.

Keywords: family court, court reform

Suggested Citation

Spinak, Jane M., Foreword: Framing Family Court Through the Lens of Accountability. Columbia Public Law Research Paper No. 07-161, Available at SSRN: or

Jane M. Spinak (Contact Author)

Columbia Law School ( email )

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New York, NY 10025
United States

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