Blog Posts by Hunter Metcalf

Hunter Metcalf
Changes to the Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure are on the horizon. Scheduled to take effect on December 1, 2016, the amendments “will affect the maximum permitted length of briefs, the time available for responding to briefs and motions that have been served electronically, and amicus briefs submitted in...
Zachary Willis
Hunter Metcalf
The April edition of Court Manager —the monthly publication of the National Association for Court Management (NACM)—featured an article by Brittany Kauffman, Director of IAALS’ Rule One Initiative . Entitled “ Change the Culture, Change the System: A Top 10 ,” the article discusses IAALS’ mission to improve America’s...
Hunter Metcalf
On Saturday, May 21, IAALS Executive Director and former Colorado Supreme Court Justice Rebecca Love Kourlis delivered the commencement address to the 2016 graduates of the Sturm College of Law at the University of Denver. “The Sturm College of Law is committed to preparing ethically-minded, practice-ready graduates...
Hunter Metcalf
In a recent Colorado Public Radio/Colorado Matters story, the Center for Out-of-Court Divorce was featured as a promising alternative to the traditional lengthy, expensive, and often contentious in-court divorce. Dr. Megan Quinn utilized the Center’s services with her ex-husband to recently finalize their divorce...
Zachary Willis
Hunter Metcalf
In February, IAALS Executive Director Rebecca Love Kourlis gave the keynote address for the Denton Darrington Annual Lecture on Law and Government in Boise. The lecture is sponsored by the University of Idaho College of Law, the Idaho Supreme Court, and the Idaho State Bar and Law Foundation, and was broadcast live...
Zachary Willis
Hunter Metcalf
As IAALS celebrates its tenth year, the Denver Business Journal sat down with Executive Director Rebecca Love Kourlis to recap her motivation for leaving the Colorado Supreme Court and founding IAALS, and the impacts made over the last decade. “I was very concerned that the civil justice process was becoming...
Hunter Metcalf
As is true in many jurisdictions, Arizona courts are finding that self-represented parties are heavily concentrated in family law matters, like divorce, child support, and custody. With little or no legal experience, litigants are navigating these complex processes by themselves—with many citing lawyer costs as...
Hunter Metcalf
Last month, MSN released a ranking of the best and worst states (including D.C.) for getting a low-cost divorce , based on a survey conducted by GOBankingRates. The ranking takes into account factors like court filing fees, average hourly attorney fees, and waiting periods. With the average cost of divorce nationwide...
Zachary Willis
Hunter Metcalf
In a recent opinion piece , Judge Daniel E. Ramczyk emphasizes the importance and benefits of New Mexico’s judicial selection and retention process, and in particular the role that the Judicial Performance Evaluation Commission (JPEC) plays in providing valuable feedback to judges as well as to the citizens who vote...
Hunter Metcalf
Are the days of retainers and hourly rate billing for legal services over? Probably not, but Avvo, Inc., may be leading the industry in this direction with a new, fixed-fee billing model. Through Avvo Legal Services (ALS), users are connected with a pool of local attorneys who agree to provide limited scope...

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