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Hunter Metcalf
In a recent article published by the Guardian , procedural justice is highlighted as a simple idea that could transform our legal system. The concept has been around for almost half a century and promotes a different style of courtroom interaction. At its core, procedural justice emphasizes that judges be listeners...
Malia Reddick
Are you a governor of a state that elects supreme court justices? You may be hearing from us. The Quality Judges Initiative at IAALS, along with Justice Sandra Day O’Connor and other members of our advisory committee, has been reaching out to governors of these states to urge them to use nominating commissions when...
Robert P. Thompson
Educating Tomorrow’s Lawyers Director Alli Gerkman was invited to speak on “The Changing Legal Landscape” at the opening plenary session for the National Conference of Bar Presidents in July. In a prepared presentation (below), she said that meaningful change is possible, but everyone has to be at the table. The...
Natalie Anne Knowlton
On August 20 and 21, the multidisciplinary Honoring Families Initiative (HFI) Advisory Committee convened in Denver. The meeting agenda included in-depth discussion of preliminary data collected over the last several months as part of the HFI Cases Without Counsel (CWC) project. Exploring how self-represented...
Hunter Metcalf
The National Self-Represented Litigants Project (NSRLP) in Canada continues to build upon the important initial research conducted by Dr. Julie Macfarlane between 2011 and 2013. Although the original study is over, the group still receives input from people navigating the courts without legal representation. A new...
Caitlin Anderson
On the occasion of his retirement, John Lande , now Professor Emeritus at the University of Missouri School of Law and ETL Fellow , collected his advice to law students and lawyers in an essay entitled “ My Last Lecture: More Unsolicited Advice for Future and Current Lawyers .” Professor Lande modeled the paper after...
Brittany Kauffman
As of July 1, 2015, Colorado has adopted new amendments to its rules of civil procedure with the goal of achieving a more accessible and efficient road to justice. The amended rules seek to increase the involvement of judges in pretrial activity, limit discovery to what is needed to prove a case, and increase a judge’...
Hunter Metcalf
Washington's inaugural class of limited license legal technicians (LLLTs) have taken their initial test to become the first of their kind. Seven of the nine who took the state's LLLT exam passed and now face the next steps toward becoming licensed. Washington is the first state to allow such a legal position, which...

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