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Revolutionizing Access to Justice for Litigants Without Lawyers

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Jennifer C. Alldredge
As a pro se (or self-represented) litigant, imagine being faced with an overwhelming system of protocol, etiquette, deadlines, rules, and legalese. You are expected to navigate this foreign world to keep everything you care about from breaking as it spins to the ground. This system is one that takes attorneys years to...

Ten Years of IAALS: Bridging the Gap Between Expectations and Legal System Performance

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Steve Leben
We live in a time of cynicism and dissatisfaction with government—a dissatisfaction that includes the judicial branch. Gallup surveys of satisfaction with the way the nation is being governed have been stuck for the past few years at levels not seen since the days of President Richard Nixon and Watergate. Approval of...

Ten Years of IAALS: Shepherding Positive Change in State Pre-Trial Practices

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Ann B. Frick
IAALS has been instrumental in changing the landscape of Colorado’s civil pre-trial practice. It all began with Becky Kourlis’ provocative and influential speech at the American College of Trial Lawyers annual meeting in March 2007, where she outlined the disturbing trends and challenges facing our justice system...

Chipping Away at Justice: Attacks on Judges are Attacks on the Constitution

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Christine Todd Whitman
One of the reasons that the American experiment succeeded was the genius of our Founding Fathers in establishing a three-part system of government with an independent judiciary. The concept in the Federalist Papers and in the United States Constitution is that the judiciary can and must balance out the power of the...

Ten Years of IAALS: Collaboration to Drive the Future of Legal Education

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Deanell Reece Tacha
Deans of law schools throughout the nation are faced with unprecedented challenges in legal education: significant restructuring in the legal employment market, high student debt loads, dramatic declines in applicants for admission, rapid technological advances, students who learn in new ways, shifting accreditation...

Ten Years of IAALS: Building Bridges for Better Judicial Performance Evaluation

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Gary Toohey
Dale C. Doerhoff
When the Supreme Court of Missouri in January 2008 adopted a rule authorizing The Missouri Bar to create and administer the state’s first true judicial performance evaluation program, the state bar was faced with a very tight timeframe for implementation and a seemingly endless set of questions. How and where do we...

Ten Years of IAALS: Walking the Walk with Legal Education Reform

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Keith Lee
There is lots of talk about making changes in legal education at law schools. That's no surprise, law professors love to talk. If they loved practicing law, they'd be lawyers. Instead, ensconced in the ivory tower, safe from the perils of the real world, they leisurely debate what should happen to those poor souls (...

Ten Years of IAALS: Why America Needs the O'Connor Judicial Selection Plan

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H. Thomas Wells, Jr.
It has been my honor to participate in IAALS’ Quality Judges Initiative as a member of the O’Connor Advisory Committee . Much of my time serving as President of the American Bar Association in 2008-2009 was devoted to efforts to assure adequate funding for the judicial branch of government and to improve judicial...

Ten Years of IAALS: Breaking New Ground and Building Consensus for Reform

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Daniel Girard
Ten years ago, few would have predicted that IAALS would have such an impact on the legal system. The world wasn’t exactly clamoring for another legal think tank, and aside from a few visionaries in Denver, no one foresaw the need for an organization dedicated to the improvement of the legal system rather than...

Ten Years of IAALS: Taking Divorce Out of Court with Better Outcomes for Families

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Wendy Paris
In 2012, when I first started researching Splitopia, my book on today’s good divorce, I assumed there were dearth of good ideas around for helping families transition out of marriage smoothly. It would be my job, I decided, to develop new thinking for the age-old problem of marriage’s end. Upon further investigation,...