Brittany Kauffman

Director, Rule One Initiative

Brittany Kauffman is the Director of the Rule One Initiative, which seeks to improve the civil justice process to achieve the goals of a more “just, speedy, and inexpensive” system in our federal and state courts. 

As the Director of the Initiative, Kauffman works with committees and jurisdictions around the country, assists in developing and disseminating recommendations, undertakes national outreach and advocacy, and provides legal and empirical research and analysis. Examples of this work include Kauffman’s work with the Conference of Chief Justice’s Civil Justice Improvements Committee and the American College of Trial Lawyer’s Task Force on Discovery.

Kauffman joined IAALS in the Spring of 2012 after having practiced for eight years with Arnold & Porter, LLP. Kauffman focused her practice in the areas of environmental and Indian law, as well as appellate work. She was honored in 2009 as a nominee for the Colorado Lawyers Committee Individual of the Year Award for her pro bono efforts. Prior to her work at Arnold & Porter, she served as a law clerk for the Honorable Judge Paul J. Kelly, Jr., of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.

Kauffman received her J.D. from the University of Colorado School of Law in 2003. She was honored as a member of Order of the Coif and a Breitenstein Scholar. She was a member of the University of Colorado Law Review and served as a Casenote and Comment Editor.  

Kauffman obtained her undergraduate degree from Colorado College in 1998, where she graduated cum laude with a B.A. in Chemistry and a minor in Environmental Studies. She is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and a Boettcher Scholar.


Memberships & Affiliations

  • Expert Advisor, Seventh Circuit Electronic Discovery Pilot Program, 2012-Present
  • Member, Faculty of Federal Advocates
  • Member, Colorado Women’s Bar Association
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Colorado Bar Association
  • Member, Denver Bar Association

Recent Media Highlights

  • Metropolitan Corporate Counsel: Civil Justice Playbook: "Right-Sizing" Litigation, 5/2015 (link)

Recent Speaking Engagements

  • Speaker, Westfield Insurance, August 2016: “Conference of Chief Justices Civil Justice Improvements Recommendations”
  • Speaker, National Conference of Appellate Court Clerks, August 2016: “Courts and the Culture of Change”
  • Speaker, National Association of Court Managers, July 2016: “Conference of Chief Justices Civil Justice Improvements Recommendations”
  • Panelist, Lawyers for Civil Justice Meeting, May 2016
  • Speaker, American Judges Association/American Judges Foundation 55th Annual Education Conference, October 2015

External Publications

  • Contributor, CCJ CJI Executive Summary, Call to Action: Achieving Civil Justice for All, National Center for State Courts (2016).
  • Contributor, CCJ CJI Report, Call to Action: Achieving Civil Justice for All, National Center for State Courts (2016).
  • Author, Change the Culture, Change the System: A Top 10, Court Manager, NACM, Spring 2016
  • Coauthor, Rule Reform, Case Management, and Culture Change: Making the Case for Real and Lasting Reform, Kansas Journal of Law and Public Policy (2015).
  • Coauthor, The American Civil Justice System: From Recommendations to Reform in the 21st Century, 61 U. Kan. L. Rev. 877 (2013).


  • J.D., University of Colorado School of Law, Order of the Coif
  • B.A., Chemistry, Environmental Studies Minor, Colorado College, cum laude