January 7, 2020
The role of technology and the Internet in our legal system is changing just as fast as technology and the Internet itself. And social media can be a minefield when it comes to impartiality.
December 19, 2019
In my first three months as Executive Director of IAALS, I have been able to visit with many of our partners and supporters in Colorado and across the nation. I’ve enjoyed these meetings and the uniformly encouraging welcome. When I introduce myself, three questions often follow: What drew me to IAALS from the Arizona Supreme Court? Do I miss being a judge? And what are my initial impressions and goals?
December 18, 2019
IAALS’ Court Compass project is all about incorporating user-centric design into courts’ reform process to engage and empower litigants in creating solutions and to help improve their trust and confidence in the legal system. The results of IAALS’ model workshops were just released in a new report, titled Redesigning Divorce: User-Driven Design for a Better Process.
December 18, 2019
Small and mid-size business owners struggle with access to justice issues just as individuals do, with real ramifications for their businesses and their communities. Through the US Justice Needs project, IAALS will be surveying businesses, from small to large, so that we can better understand justice needs from their perspective.
December 13, 2019
Eldercaring Coordination is an innovative dispute resolution process for high-conflict cases, providing an alternative to the traditional adversarial court process. By directly focusing on elders and their legally authorized decisionmakers, Eldercaring Coordination helps families work together to regain harmony and make decisions for the elder that all family members can agree on.
December 11, 2019
IAALS is excited to announce the creation of a new Advisory Committee in support of its US Justice Needs project, which is conducting research to assess the justice needs of people and businesses in the United States. The Advisory Committee will inform the work of the project, including assisting in tailoring HiiL’s individual survey for administration in the United States and developing a survey for businesses.
December 5, 2019
Some lawyers have expressed concern that changes to the Model Rules of Professional Conduct will allow new players into the field, potentially reducing their income and/or taking their jobs. On the contrary, however, allowing new players in the business of legal services may make it possible for lawyers to scale their practices and enlarge the legal services pie for all.
December 4, 2019
In late September, the Indiana Supreme Court announced the creation of the Indiana Innovation Initiative. One of the initiative’s two subgroups, the Family Law Taskforce, will consider the Family Justice Initiative Principles supported by IAALS in order to improve the way Indiana’s courts handle domestic relations cases.
December 3, 2019
Online dispute resolution platforms have existed for over two decades and have carved out an important and expanding role in the legal landscape. The 2019 International ODR Forum was held last month in Virginia, during which IAALS team members participated in discussions about the future of ODR.
November 22, 2019
We at IAALS are among the many saddened by the untimely passing last week of Mark Cady, Iowa's Chief Justice. He had served as a judge for some 33 years, during which time he defended the importance of judicial independence and civic education as well as worked tirelessly to improve our nation's state family courts.
November 21, 2019
The legal system has been regulated so tightly that it has led to a world where only a fraction of the citizens who require legal services can access them, and we cannot afford to fail those who cannot afford legal representation. Unlocking legal regulation is the answer and stands at the heart of the worthy efforts underway in states across the country.
November 18, 2019
Colorado's first federal pro se clinic, which opened in June 2018, was recently approved to continue its work offering limited-scope individual services. The clinic's goal is to help unrepresented people navigate the complex federal court system in cases involving civil rights, labor and employment law, contracts, personal injury, and other areas of federal and state law.