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Blog Posts by Brittany Kauffman

US Justice Needs Project Will Tap into Legal Needs for Business as Well as Individuals

Brittany Kauffman
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...

Civil Justice Reform in Florida Includes Successes and Lessons Learned for Case Management Teams

Brittany Kauffman
Brooke Meyer
The National Center for States Courts has released the first in a series of evaluations of civil justice reform demonstration pilot projects around the country. The pilot, in the Eleventh Judicial Circuit Court of Florida, focused on implementing civil case management teams (CCMTs)—an innovative court staffing model...

Alli Gerkman to Receive Trailblazer Award from Colorado Women’s Bar Association

Brittany Kauffman
On May 17, 2019, the Colorado Women’s Bar Association will honor IAALS Senior Director Alli Gerkman with the Mary Lathrop Trailblazer Award at their “All Rise” 42nd Annual Convention. The CWBA is honoring Alli for her outstanding work to improve legal education, the legal profession, and the legal system at large—a...

Family Justice Reform Recommendations Round Out National State Court Reform Efforts

Natalie Anne Knowlton
Brittany Kauffman
As state courts around the country have been responding to the Conference of Chief Justices' 2016 Call to Action for civil justice reform, IAALS, NCSC, and NCJFCJ also have been focused on developing companion recommendations for evaluating and improving the way courts handle domestic relations cases, which have just...

Federal Judicial Center Releases Second Report on Employment Protocols

Brittany Kauffman
Heather Buchanan
Last October, the Federal Judicial Center released a second report on the Pilot Project Regarding Initial Discovery Protocols for Employment Cases Alleging Adverse Action, which sets forth a set of pattern discovery protocols developed by a task force of plaintiff and defense attorneys working in conjunction with...

Dispositive Motion Reform Critical and Achievable for Courts and Litigants

Brittany Kauffman
Judges and attorneys from across the country point to dispositive motions as a critical area for reform. Today, IAALS announces the release of a new report, Efficiency in Motion: Recommendations for Improving Dispositive Motions Practice in State and Federal Courts, calling for a new paradigm for motion practice in...

Survey Highlights Public Trust and Confidence in State Courts and Room for Improvement

Brittany Kauffman
For the fifth year in a row, the National Center for State Courts has conducted a comprehensive public opinion survey to gauge the level of public trust and confidence in the state courts. The State of the State Courts survey provides an important window into public views of our court system, including comparisons...