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Brittany Kauffman
IAALS’ Honoring Families Initiative recently released two new reports focused on the experiences of self-represented litigants in our family court system. The first, Cases Without Counsel: Research on Experiences of Self-Representation in U.S. Family Court , includes the results of IAALS’ qualitative empirical...
Mark Staines
A recent study by the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy (ACS) is shedding new light on the demographics of state judiciaries across the country. The Gavel Gap project collected data based on the race, ethnicity, and gender of 10,000 sitting state court judges, and then analyzed how closely each state’s...
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Christine Todd Whitman
One of the reasons that the American experiment succeeded was the genius of our Founding Fathers in establishing a three-part system of government with an independent judiciary. The concept in the Federalist Papers and in the United States Constitution is that the judiciary can and must balance out the power of the...
Natalie Anne Knowlton
Deputy Chief Administrative Judge Fern Fisher of the New York City Courts recently addressed the Colorado Supreme Court Advisory Committee and its Limited License Legal Technician (LLLTs) Subcommittee. Judge Fisher spoke to the Committee and Subcommittee members about New York’s Court Navigator Program, which provides...
Caitlin Anderson
The Journal of Experiential Learning at Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center (an ETL Consortium school) is looking for papers for the Fall/Winter 2016 volume. The topic is “Loosening the Walls of the Legal Academy: The Bench and the Bar as Legal Educators.” The call says: The Journal of Experiential Learning is...
Rebecca Love Kourlis
Lawyers reach out to me from time to time to give me a dose of reality. Recently, a trial lawyer spoke to me of a few cases that had gone awry—and are examples of larger issues that plague our civil justice system. She did not give names, or case numbers, or jurisdiction, so if any of you reading this recognize...

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