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Mark Staines
It has been just over a year since substantial changes were made to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, aimed at reducing the high costs and long delays faced by civil court litigants. And, this effort has not been limited to the federal courts. Many state-level changes have also been implemented across the country...
Mark Staines
At a point when public mistrust of the government seems to be at an all-time high, a recent survey conducted by the National Center for State Courts (NCSC) shows that public opinion of at least one branch of government is trending in the right direction. This past November, the NCSC conducted a nationwide telephone...
Natalie Anne Knowlton
Brittany Kauffman
The Legal Services Corporation (LSC) released a Request for Proposals to identify potential participants in a pilot project for implementing access to justice portals. The legal access portal concept emerged from the 2013 LSC Technology Summit as one of the key recommendations for achieving 100% access to justice...
Barbara Blackwell
Mark Staines
IAALS works extensively with partners from around the country as we take on the toughest problems in the legal system. Our Business Leadership Network brings together private sector advisors to find solutions to the challenges we face. Earlier this year, IAALS Executive Director Rebecca Love Kourlis and Brittany...
Brittany Kauffman
One year ago today, on December 1, 2015, the long awaited amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure went into effect. The “package” of amendments included changes across a number of rules (specifically Rules 1, 4, 16, 26, 30, 31, 33, and 34) and focused on increasing cooperation, achieving proportionality in...
Brittany Kauffman
On November 3, the federal Civil Rules Advisory Committee met in Washington D.C. to discuss a range of issues—from current proposed rule amendments to future projects focused on discovery practice and active judicial case management. The Committee is in the very early stages of reviewing Rule 30(b)(6) with respect to...
Guest Post
Carlos Samour, Jr.
On October 5, 2016, I was honored to be a panelist at IAALS’ joint Law Firm Council and Business Leadership Network meeting. There were three panels at this plenary session: 1) a panel of corporate in-house counsel; 2) a panel of outside counsel; and 3) a panel of judges (from both the federal bench and the state...
Mark Staines
Implicit bias can obstruct the goal of fair, trusted, and accountable courts, and many groups have recognized how such unconscious perceptions can affect litigants, judges, and other aspects of the legal system. Recently, the American Bar Association (ABA) House of Delegates took action by adopting Resolution 116,...

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