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Chief Among Our Concerns: Creating a Dialogue About Judicial Selection

Ruth V. McGregor
Chief Justice Ruth V. McGregor (Ret.) served on the Arizona Supreme Court from February 1998 until June 30, 2009. She was the Court's Chief Justice from June 2005 until her retirement. As we launch IAALS Online, she joins three other former Chief Justices in the conversation about IAALS and its initiatives. "This...

Five Things to Do While You're Waiting for U.S. News Law School Rankings to Hit

Alli Gerkman
If you’re like most prospective students, there’s a good chance the U.S. News & World Report Law School Rankings will play some kind of role in your decision about where to go to law school. We can all debate the merits of the rankings as a method for choosing a law school, but we can’t stop the world from...

Resource Center Benefits Graduate Student Workers along with Their Divorcing Clients

Natalie Anne Knowlton
Since opening in September 2013, the University of Denver’s Resource Center for Separating and Divorcing Families has served as an invaluable resource not only for participating families, but also for the graduate students who have an opportunity to work within their field and gain experience. In January’s Family...

Williams-Yulee v. Florida Bar: Is Justice for Sale on the Campaign Trail?

Meryl Justin Chertoff
Last Tuesday’s Supreme Court argument was the latest chapter in the Court’s struggle to balance electoral candidates’ right to solicit campaign donations against the appearance or actual threat of corruption that arises when litigants or attorneys donate to a judge’s election campaign and later appear before that same...

Legal Employers Have a Critical Role to Play in Improving Legal Education

Alli Gerkman
ETL is about to release its first major report—a study of the Daniel Webster Scholar Honors Program. The report is not even public yet, but it was already highlighted in the Wall Street Journal and criticized at Above the Law. Ultimately, if law schools are going to develop programs that better prepare students and if...

Creation of Nevada Appeals Court Finally Approved in 2014: The Road So Far

Maureen E. Schafer
In a historic 53.78%–46.22% decision, which is already beginning to transform the state's judiciary in significant ways, Nevada voters elected to create an Intermediate Court of Appeals during the November 2014 election cycle. Nevada has demonstrated that, with right mindedness and well-placed determination on behalf...

One Year and 80 Families Later: Celebrating the Success of a New Model for Separation and Divorce

Melinda Taylor
One year ago, the Resource Center for Separating and Divorcing Families opened its doors at the University of Denver to serve families in metro area. Based on an interdisciplinary out-of-court model developed by the Honoring Families Initiative , the RCSDF is operating at full-force today, helping numerous parents...

Choosing Judges: Judicial Nominating Commissions and the Selection of Supreme Court Justices

Malia Reddick
Rebecca Love Kourlis
We are pleased to announce the release of a new report on the judicial nominating commissions used to select supreme court justices in 30 states and Washington, D.C. With Choosing Judges , we examine why judicial nominating commissions are established in the first place, how their structure and operation differ across...

The Resource Center Interdisciplinary Team: A Dual JD/MSW Student Perspective

Deanna Barton
The Resource Center for Separating and Divorcing Families provides an amazing opportunity for graduate students to gain real world experience not only working with clients but working with other professionals. As a dual JD and MSW student, the Resource Center seemed like the opportunity of a lifetime, and was more...