Rule One

In many jurisdictions around the country today, the civil justice system takes too long and costs too much. Many deserving cases are not filed, while others settle due to the expense of litigation.

The Rule One Initiative at IAALS is dedicated to promoting models that ensure access to justice, an efficient court process where the time and money expended are proportionate to the case at hand, and an accountable system that is fair and reasoned.

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In July 2016, the Conference of Chief Justices (CCJ) and the Conference of State Court Administrators (COSCA) recognized the important needs of...
Publication
Over the last two years, IAALS has worked alongside the National Center for State Courts to support the efforts of the Conference of Chief Justices’...
Blog Post
For the last ten years, IAALS—the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System—has worked to rebuild the civil justice system. After...
Project
The Action on the Ground map provides a visual representation of the various pilot projects and rules reform efforts around the country.
Project
Electronically stored information impacts all cases, and the challenges and opportunities posed by electronic discovery cannot be ignored.
Publication
This report is the culmination of a joint project between IAALS and the American College of Trial Lawyers, which involved interviewing nearly 30...

Recent Blog Posts

In a society where only 26 percent of adults can name all three branches of the federal government and a third cannot even name one, Colorado's...
The Civil Jury Project at NYU School of Law, whose Executive Director is Steve Susman, is organizing a Jury Improvement Lunch for the Colorado bench...
Over the last three years, California has undertaken an effort to “research and analyze innovative proposals for the justice system of the future.”...
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Director, Rule One Initiative
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