IAALS Report - A Publication of IAALS, the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System
Message from Our Executive Director

Our 2012 Annual Report commemorates our commitment to Strength in Numbers. As we take on some of the biggest challenges facing the civil justice system, our work depends on a number of factors, not the least of which are you, our supporters and stakeholders. I invite you to read about all that the we accomplished last year. We look forward to continuing our work with you to advance a more accessible, efficient, and accountable civil justice system.

Rebecca Love Kourlis, IAALS Executive Director
May 2013

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Action on the Ground

IAALS has played an important role in empowering jurisdictions to experiment with pilot projects and rules changes. Now, we have made information about these programs more accessible to all by launching Action on the Ground, an interactive map that gives users rich information about programs around the country—at a glance.

Law Jobs: By the Numbers™



Last week, we launched Law Jobs: By the Numbers™, an interactive online tool that gives prospective law students the most transparent and complete law school employment rate information available. The tool empowers prospective students to build, analyze, and compare rates among law schools.

Spearheading this effort was IAALS Communications Director Alli Gerkman, who will leave that position in June to helm Educating Tomorrow's Lawyers as its new director.

An Uncommon Dialogue

In late March, representatives of IAALS, The Aspen Institute’s Justice & Society Program, and the Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies met in Colorado Springs to engage in "An Uncommon Dialogue" about judicial selection. Each organization invited a group of 30 participants to discuss the attributes we want in our judges and processes for selecting and retaining judges with those attributes.

The purpose of the gathering was to identify areas of agreement and disagreement among people who care deeply about the court system and the judges who serve in it, but who have divergent opinions. We set up a listserv to continue the conversation.

Proactive Case Management Processes in Family Law Cases



Last month, we published Family Law in Focus: A Retrospective Study of Colorado’s Early Experiments with Proactive Case Processing, a report that examines what, if any, effect certain pilot programs had on family law cases in the early 2000s. The data show that proactive case management in family law cases provides substantial benefits for the litigants.

The Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC) will be hosting their 50th Anniversary Conference from May 29 – June 1 in Los Angeles, during which Rebecca Love Kourlis and other distinguished faculty will be co-hosting a forum entitled "Judicial Officers Forum: The Next 50 Years," which will provide judicial officers with an international vision of the challenges and innovative solutions family courts face in the future.

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