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Brittany Kauffman
In 2013, our state trial courts reported a total of 94.1 million incoming cases. In comparison, there were just 284,604 civil filings in our federal district courts. These statistics reflect the stark reality that the vast majority of civil cases in the United States are filed in our state court system. Thus, for most...
Natalie Anne Knowlton
The Iowa Supreme Court Family Law Case Processing Reform Task Force recently submitted its final report to the Iowa Supreme Court, concluding a year-long study of the family law court system in Iowa. The Task Force report includes a comprehensive list of recommendations for the Iowa Supreme Court’s consideration, some...
Zachary Willis
Mark Staines
After the release of the first two reports from our Foundations for Practice project, Law Week Colorado published an article highlighting the groundbreaking findings, which “have the power to radically shift the discussion about what law schools teach and how employers hire and motivate a different approach to...
Mark Staines
As the number of self-represented litigants (or pro se litigants) continue to rise, the legal profession continues to explore alternative means of providing services beyond the traditional lawyer-client relationship. Because many litigants choose to forgo representation due to the cost of hiring an attorney, unbundled...
Brittany Kauffman
At IAALS’ Fourth Civil Justice Reform Summit , we brought together federal and state court judges, court administrators, attorneys on both sides of the “v”, academics, and users of the system to brainstorm a vision for the courts of tomorrow, and steps to get there. Today we release the report from that Summit,...
Mark Staines
Procedural fairness continues to be an area of great importance in the landscape of efforts to improve civil justice. The National Center for State Courts (NCSC) recently produced four informative training videos that explore how procedural-fairness principles can be applied in difficult situations often encountered...

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