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Message from Our Executive Director

This is a very exciting time for IAALS and our Honoring Families Initiative. In partnership with the University of Denver, we will launch the Resource Center for Separating and Divorcing Families this fall, which will provide interdisciplinary services for families in transition. IAALS will evaluate the Center's performance over the next three years and we hope it will serve as a model for others to adopt around the country. I encourage you to read more about this unique approach to resolving family issues and the range of services that will be provided.

Rebecca Love Kourlis, IAALS Executive Director
April 2013

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Resource Center for Separating and Divorcing Families Opening at DU in September

We are happy to announce that the Resource Center for Separating and Divorcing Families—a joint venture between IAALS' Honoring Families Initiative and the University of Denver—will open its doors this September. Melinda Taylor, current director of HFI, will serve as the Center's Executive Director beginning June 1.

The Center will be the first of its kind in the Unites States, providing legal and financial services, education, and counseling to families who are in the process of transition as a result of separation or divorce.

Raymond Moore Confirmed as U.S. District Court Judge for Colorado



Raymond Moore was confirmed by the U.S. Senate as a U.S. District Court Judge for the District of Colorado. As we have covered in the past, Moore was one of the candidates recommended to Sens. Mark Udall and Michael Bennet by a bipartisan screening committee co-chaired by IAALS Executive Director Rebecca Love Kourlis.

The O’Connor Advisory Committee to the Quality Judges Initiative held its Spring 2013 meeting at the U.S. Supreme Court on March 18. Committee members were also Justice O’Connor’s guests for oral argument, which included one of the more high-profile cases of this term—Arizona v. Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, Inc.

Meanwhile, Tennessee legislators cleared the final hurdle to putting a proposed constitutional amendment on the 2014 ballot that would replace merit selection of appellate judges with a modified federal selection process.

The Answer Is to Fix the Justice System

Last month, Rebecca Love Kourlis penned an article, published on The Huffington Post, that stressed the need for better court accessibility, efficiency, and accountability, and that while ADR has its place in the justice system, we cannot abandon the courts.

IAALS has also released a new publication, A Roadmap for Review: Guide for Appraisal and Improvement of Caseflow Management in Civil Cases in U.S. District Courts. The report provides the tools for any interested federal judge to make a quick, initial assessment of the status of his or her civil case docket, and measure how it compares to colleagues and courts across the nation. It also includes recommendations for better practices.

Golden Gate University Joins Our Growing Law School Consortium



Golden Gate University School of Law's curriculum integrates skills training and professional development to better prepare students to be critical thinkers, problem solvers, and leaders in the legal profession. This commitment to experiential learning and fostering professional identity makes GGU Law an ideal partner within the Educating Tomorrow’s Lawyers Consortium.

There has been considerable national dialogue about the outright elimination of the third year of law school. In the wake of this consideration, Luke Bierman, the Associate Dean for Experiential Education at Northeastern University School of Law, recently joined our Voices from the Field to discuss Northeastern’s Cooperative Legal Education Program (co-op) as an effective, alternative model that makes better use of all three years spent in law school.

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