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Courts Must Change to Serve Increasing Victims of Natural Disasters

Zachary Willis
The road to recovery is arduous for disaster victims. For the increasing numbers of those victims who end up in court in an effort to recover damages, the process can be protracted and complex. Courts are quickly overwhelmed by the volume and complexity of the cases and these challenges quickly frustrate victims...

IAALS Examines the Use of Summary Judgment in U.S. District Courts

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Zachary Willis
Much has been done over the past five years to address the cost and delay in the civil justice process, and much of that work has focused on discovery. Recognizing that there are equal challenges and opportunities for improvement in the area of motions practice, IAALS has focused on understanding the current motions...

Streamlining Discovery at Heart of New Fair Labor Standards Act Protocols

Carolyn A. Tyler
Zachary Willis
The Federal Judicial Center and IAALS Roll Out Case-Specific Disclosures with Goal of Efficiency for All The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) was one of the most important pieces of legislation to emerge from President Roosevelt’s New Deal. To this day, the FLSA impacts more than 130 million Americans by addressing the...

IAALS' First-of-its-Kind Study Will Determine What Clients Value in Their Lawyers

Carolyn A. Tyler
Zachary Willis
What do clients want from their attorneys? The answers to that question would seem to be key to understanding how to improve the quality and diversity of legal services. Identifying what clients value in their lawyers has been a challenge because clients are difficult to identify and survey. But, now we have a source...

Judging When to Judge: IAALS Offers Recommendations to Guide the Judicial Recusal Process

Carolyn A. Tyler
Zachary Willis
Questions about when judges should recuse themselves from hearing cases—usually because a party perceives their ability to be impartial to be in doubt—have drawn renewed attention recently due to high-profile cases and closely divided U.S. Supreme Court decisions. For example, the high court ruled last year in...

IAALS Announces Court Compass Project to Benefit Self-Represented Litigants

Carolyn A. Tyler
Zachary Willis
In three quarters of all civil cases, at least one party is going to court without an attorney and navigating a legal system not designed for the layperson’s use. To help potential litigants, some courts are leveraging technology and developing websites and portals that offer a vast amount of information and resources...

Efforts to Transform America's Civil Justice System Hit the Ground Running

Carolyn A. Tyler
The effort to create a 21st Century system of justice is advancing. Today, IAALS, the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System, and the National Center for State Courts (NCSC) announced the release of a new Roadmap to guide states as they implement sweeping changes to make state courts more efficient...

Survey Says: Experience Matters When Hiring New Lawyers

Carolyn A. Tyler
Zachary Willis
The latest IAALS report offers insights for legal employers and aims to close the employment gap. Many legal employers still rely on criteria like class rank, law school prestige, and law review participation to inform hiring decisions, but how effective are those criteria in making good hires? A study released today...

Martin J. Katz Receives the 2016 Educating Tomorrow's Lawyers Award

Carolyn A. Tyler
Educating Tomorrow’s Lawyers honored Martin “Marty” J. Katz , former Dean of the University of Denver Sturm College of Law with the 2016 Educating Tomorrow’s Lawyers (ETL) Award. Katz served as Dean of Sturm College of Law from 2009 to 2016 and led its development and implementation of a major strategic plan, which...

Conference of Chief Justices Endorses Report on Civil Justice Improvements

Carolyn A. Tyler
Zachary Willis
A just-released report recommending concrete improvements in the American civil justice system has been endorsed by the Conference of Chief Justices (CCJ), the country’s association of top state judicial leaders. The report—released last week at CCJ’s annual conference in Jackson, Wyoming—calls on state judicial...