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Ten Years of IAALS: Refining Our Understanding of the Self-Representation Phenomenon

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Julie Macfarlane
When I was first contacted by IAALS in early 2014 about the possibility of replicating the methodology used to investigate the lived experiences of self-represented litigants in three Canadian provinces, I was thrilled. I had spent the previous two years conducting this (qualitative, interview-based) research and our...

Ten Years of IAALS: Driving Data-Fueled Innovation in Legal Education

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Aaron N. Taylor
Rebuilding justice. This is an awesome charge. And it is one that IAALS has embraced since its beginnings in 2006. IAALS was started as an attempt to remake the American legal system. While our system has many virtues, it is inefficient. It is unequal. Fundamentally, it is imperfect. But we are a country of laws, and...

Ten Years of IAALS: A Valued and Trusted Partner in Securing Fair and Impartial Courts

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Debra Erenberg
On the occasion of IAALS’ 10th anniversary, I’ve been reflecting on the strength of our partnership over the years, and on the value of that partnership as our shared work for fair, high quality courts takes on ever-greater significance. Justice at Stake is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization working to keep America...

Ten Years of IAALS: The Genesis of Rules Reform and the Call for Culture Change

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Francis M. Wikstrom
Over the last decade, it has been a great pleasure to work with IAALS on efforts to improve our legal process and to change our legal culture. Chief Justice John Roberts devoted his recent “2015 Year-End Report on the Federal Judiciary” to a discussion of the groundbreaking amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil...

ETL Ignite: The Portals to Practice – Experiential Education at Touro

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Myra Berman
At Touro Law Center, we have developed the 1L Pro Bono Project, a mandatory first-year program that integrates basic doctrinal knowledge, an introduction to professional skills and values, and a commitment to social justice. Our curricular reform is predicated on a multidimensional perspective that conceives of legal...

ETL Ignite: Preliminary Outcomes of an Innovation Curriculum

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Gerald M. Slater
This post is one of a series that stems from our 4th Annual Educating Tomorrow's Lawyers Conference. The author(s) presented a six-minute Ignite-style presentation at the conference that discussed the innovations and outcomes of their school’s classes, programs, or curricula—or within the realm of legal education more...

ETL Ignite: Dickinson Law’s New Curriculum and its Focus on Student Outcomes

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Laurel S. Terry
Camille C. Marion
In this Ignite talk from the 2015 ETL Conference, we talk about the new Problem Solving I course, which is a required course, taught during the 1L Fall Semester. This course introduces students to a standard problem-solving methodology that they can use in a variety of settings, including transactional, litigation,...

The Center for Out-of-Court Divorce: A Proven, Community-Centered Alternative for Families

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Susan E. Carparelli
So often when parents begin the process of separation and divorce they feel vulnerable and uncertain about how to proceed. Their greatest fear is the potential of harm to their children. The Center for Out of Court Divorce – Denver (COCD or Center) offers parents a proven way forward that is designed to reduce...

ETL Ignite: Inclusive Strategic Planning and Faculty Adoption of Learning Outcomes

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Mary A. Lynch
Rosemary Queenan
On October 1, we came from Albany Law School to present on “How an Inclusive Strategic Planning Process Leads to Faculty Adoption of Institutional Student Learning Outcomes” at the 4th Annual Educating Tomorrow’s Lawyers Conference in Denver, Colorado. Albany Law’s process of developing learning outcomes began years...