In Memoriam: Louis A. Craco, October 18, 1933- February 15, 2020

The members of the Institute mourn the loss of our founder and long-time Chair and Chair Emeritus Louis A. Craco. His vision for the Institute was that it should promote professional values and ethical behavior by lawyers who serve New Yorkers and facilitate dialogue among courts, practitioners, law schools, bar associations and other civil and lay organizations. Because of his leadership, integrity, mentorship and strong sense of professionalism, the Institute today stands as a monument to his legacy. We offer our sincere condolences to his wife Betty, his three sons and four grandchildren. We will miss his wisdom, sound counsel, guidance and friendship.

Paul C. Saunders, Chair and Catherine O'Hagan Wolfe, Vice Chair



About Us

The Judicial Institute on Professionalism in the Law (JIPL) was created by an Administrative Order of the Chief Judge dated March 3, 1999, following the issuance of the 1995 Report of the Committee on the Profession and the Courts, to “promote awareness and adherence to professional values and ethical behavior by lawyers in New York State.” 

As members of the bar, lawyers must remain true to the enduring values that have made the legal profession a positive force for public good throughout our nation’s history. The broad mandate of the Institute requires examination and studied consideration of the challenges to lawyer independence and professionalism, both in practice and in legal education.

The Institute has pursued its mandate by studying the influences, pressures and challenges to professionalism in different practice contexts and in legal education.

The proceedings from all of the Institute’s Convocations are contained in journals in the Institute’s Library.