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Blog Posts by Brittany Kauffman

Preliminary Results Reflect Growing Belief that Utah Rule Reforms Having Intended Impact

Brittany Kauffman
In a recent post on the long-awaited results from pilot project experimentation around the country, we shared evaluations from the New Hampshire and Boston Litigation Session pilot projects. Initial data is now available from Utah as well, where significant rule changes were implemented in 2011, including...

Conference of Chief Justices Takes Important Step Toward Civil Justice Improvement

Brittany Kauffman
The Conference of Chief Justices has established a new committee that will evaluate civil justice improvement efforts around the country and develop guidelines and best practices for civil litigation, as well as case-flow management. The National Center for State Courts has also undertaken a research project to inform...

Long-Awaited Results from Pilot Project Experimentation around the Country Begin to Filter In

Brittany Kauffman
For those who have been awaiting empirical analysis from the pilot project and rules reform experimentation that has been going on around the country, there are two new significant reports from the earliest of the projects—from New Hampshire and Massachusetts. Both reports provide helpful insights into state pilot...

As Comment Period Nears Its End, IAALS and Others Share Comments and Testimony on Proposed Federal Rules Changes

Brittany Kauffman
The last of three hearings on the proposed amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure is being held today in Dallas, Texas, and our Executive Director, Rebecca Love Kourlis, is among those testifying. IAALS has submitted a Joint Comment with the ACTL Task Force on Discovery and Civil Justice, as well as a...

Rebecca Love Kourlis Discusses Proposed Federal Amendments—a "Step Toward Change"

Brittany Kauffman
Rebecca Love Kourlis recently joined in a discussion about the proposed federal rule amendments, as published by the Washington Legal Foundation in their “Conversations With . . .” series. The discussion focused on the state of civil litigation in America, the federal discovery reform efforts, the proposed Federal...

Iowa Proposed Rule Amendments Are Meant to Reduce Costs, Increase Access

Brittany Kauffman
The Iowa Supreme Court has requested comments on proposed amendments to the discovery provisions in the Iowa Rules of Civil Procedure and a proposed new rule allowing for streamlined and expedited civil actions. The proposed amendments and new rule stem from a concern regarding the declining number of civil jury...

Judge Grimm's Revised Discovery Order Expands Definition of Proportionality, Includes Technology Assisted Review

Brittany Kauffman
We previously shared Judge Paul W. Grimm’s standard Discovery Order, which we recommend to state and federal court judges alike as a model and inspiration to manage the pretrial discovery process. Judge Grimm has made some revisions to his Order, including expanding the definition of proportionality and making...

IAALS to Host Forum and Engage Dialogue on Proposed Federal Rules Amendments

Brittany Kauffman
Recently, the Civil Rules Advisory Committee held the first of three hearings on the proposed amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. In an effort to provide input and offer comments with a fresh perspective, IAALS is hosting A Forum for Understanding and Comment on the Proposed Federal Rules Amendments in...

Senate Judiciary Committee Holds Hearing on Proposed Federal Rules Amendments

Brittany Kauffman
As the public comment period continues on the proposed amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, the Senate Judiciary Committee joined in the discussion this week by holding a hearing on the proposals. The hearing provided another opportunity for comment on the proposed rules and their potential impact...

A Nationwide Look at Short, Summary, and Expedited Trial Programs—And Implementation Strategies

Brittany Kauffman
Many jurisdictions around the country have implemented alternative processes that are designed to provide litigants with speedy and less expensive access to civil trials. These programs generally involve a simplified pretrial process and a shortened trial on an expedited basis. This new resource offers a summary chart...