Rule One

In many jurisdictions around the country today, the civil justice system takes too long and costs too much. Many deserving cases are not filed, while others settle due to the expense of litigation.

The Rule One Initiative at IAALS is dedicated to promoting models that ensure access to justice, an efficient court process where the time and money expended are proportionate to the case at hand, and an accountable system that is fair and reasoned.

Featured 
Publication
Over the last two years, IAALS has worked alongside the National Center for State Courts to support the efforts of the Conference of Chief Justices’...
Blog Post
For the last ten years, IAALS—the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System—has worked to rebuild the civil justice system. After...
Project
Implementing civil justice reform at the state and federal levels to achieve maximum nationwide impact.
Project
The Action on the Ground map provides a visual representation of the various pilot projects and rules reform efforts around the country.
Project
Electronically stored information impacts all cases, and the challenges and opportunities posed by electronic discovery cannot be ignored.
Publication
This report is the culmination of a joint project between IAALS and the American College of Trial Lawyers, which involved interviewing nearly 30...

Recent Blog Posts

In July 2016, the Conference of Chief Justices and the Conference of State Court Administrators recognized the important needs of litigants in our...
Debtor’s prisons have been illegal in the United States for nearly 200 years, and in 1983 the United State Supreme Court’s ruling in Bearden v...
New Mexico Supreme Court Chief Justice Charles Daniels had grim news for state legislators at his annual State of the Judiciary speech last month:...
Staff 
Director, Rule One Initiative
Legal Assistant