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Blog Posts by Zachary Willis

Not Above the Law: IAALS Provides New Recommendations for Judicial Discipline

Rebecca Love Kourlis
Zachary Willis
Public trust and confidence in our judiciary, and our judges, is vital. Yet, over the last several decades, that trust has been eroded. For people to trust judges again, we must ensure a series of pillars are in place: improved ways of selecting judges; improved ways of evaluating judges’ performance; and improved...

IAALS Examines the Use of Summary Judgment in U.S. District Courts

New Publication
Zachary Willis
Much has been done over the past five years to address the cost and delay in the civil justice process, and much of that work has focused on discovery. Recognizing that there are equal challenges and opportunities for improvement in the area of motions practice, IAALS has focused on understanding the current motions...

Chief Justice Proposes Legal Wayfinders to Assist Litigants in California

Zachary Willis
Heather Buchanan
Changes in recent years to California’s budget, priorities, and policies have resulted in a focus on criminal over civil matters. In the yearly State of the Judiciary address, however, California Supreme Court Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye highlighted some of the ways California is planning to improve access to...

Courts Can Improve Access to Justice by Managing Cases Better

Carolyn A. Tyler
Zachary Willis
America’s civil justice system is failing to deliver on the promise of a just, speedy, and inexpensive resolution in every case. However, by taking charge of cases from their beginning to end, courts have the power to change that. IAALS’ latest report, Redefining Case Management, offers strategies to help the courts...

Trial Attorneys Play an Important Role in Judicial Performance Evaluations

Zachary Willis
Heather Buchanan
Judicial performance evaluation (JPE) took center stage in the Fall/Winter 2017 issue of Voir Dire, the American Board of Trial Advocates’ magazine. The cover story, written by IAALS’ own Rebecca Love Kourlis and Natalie Knowlton, discussed JPE programs in place today around the country and how trial attorneys, in...

Streamlining Discovery at Heart of New Fair Labor Standards Act Protocols

Carolyn A. Tyler
Zachary Willis
The Federal Judicial Center and IAALS Roll Out Case-Specific Disclosures with Goal of Efficiency for All The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) was one of the most important pieces of legislation to emerge from President Roosevelt’s New Deal. To this day, the FLSA impacts more than 130 million Americans by addressing the...

IAALS' First-of-its-Kind Study Will Determine What Clients Value in Their Lawyers

Carolyn A. Tyler
Zachary Willis
What do clients want from their attorneys? The answers to that question would seem to be key to understanding how to improve the quality and diversity of legal services. Identifying what clients value in their lawyers has been a challenge because clients are difficult to identify and survey. But, now we have a source...