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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,...

Ten Years of IAALS: Spearheading Progress and Promise for a Better System

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John T. Broderick, Jr.
I spent half my legal career as a civil trial lawyer in New Hampshire trying all manner of cases in state and federal court and sometimes trying or preparing to try cases in other states and jurisdictions. I learned from some great lawyers and mentors over those years. They viewed a jury trial not as a failure of the...

Change the Culture, Change the System: Perspectives from a California Court Administrator

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Alan Carlson
Toward the end of last year when I first read IAALS’ report, Change the Culture, Change the System: Top 10 Cultural Shifts Needed to Create the Courts of Tomorrow , I had feelings of both trepidation and hope. It said a lot of things I have often thought about, but have not always spoken up about. I also shared the...