Creating an Archive: Responding to the 2020 Pandemic

Red Cross workers prepare medical supplies in NYC, 1920
Turning out medical supplies at 82nd and Amsterdam Avenue, New York City, 1920.

HSoftheNYCourts Responds

We all have had to rethink our day-to-day lives, both personally and professionally. As we adjust to social distancing, we find that there are important lessons to be learned about how we communicate as an organization…and also as a people. The Historical Society of the New York Courts is now confronting this issue in its own mission.

We’re unable to gather at our programs and events as we’d like in this new normal. How to continue our dialogue with you? We have a few ideas.

Read more in our Message from the Executive Director.

Live Webinars

Podcasts & Videocasts — Coming Soon!

Podcasts and videocasts on the topic of the pandemic are in the works. You can find other HSoftheNYCourts podcasts and videocasts on diverse topics related to NYS legal history here.

The audience listens intently to a Society program.

During the pandemic, HSoftheNYCourts is also committed to bringing you moments of pause in your inbox. Here, we bring NYS legal history to you to take your mind of the monumental times in which we find ourselves. For more information on these series, visit Moments Of Pause in Your Inbox. 

Court of Appeals Richardson Courtroom 1800s
The Court of Appeals' Richardson Courtroom, originally in the State Capitol, c. 1910

NYS Unified Court System Responds

Chief Judge Janet DiFiore’s Messages

Chief Judge Janet DiFiore

Hon. Jonathan Lippman Spearheads Statewide Pro Bono Effort

Chief Judge Janet DiFiore and the NYS Court System partnered with the New York State Bar Association to create a pro bono network of lawyers across NYS for the anticipated surge in legal matters surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. Judge Lippman will lead this effort. Read more in this NYSBA press release.

Additional Information

For additional information on court operation during the COVID-19 pandemic, including virtual courts, bar exams, and bar admissions, please visit

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