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Blog Posts by Brittany Kauffman

ABA Midyear Panel to Highlight State Civil Justice Reform, Role of Attorneys

Brittany Kauffman
Later this week at the ABA Midyear Meeting, a panel discussion will focus on the current challenges facing our civil justice system, recommendations for achieving civil justice for all, and how to make these recommendations a reality in our state courts. Spoiler alert—bar leaders play an important role. The panel will...

Legal Services Corporation Launches Legal Access Portal Project

Natalie Anne Knowlton
Brittany Kauffman
The Legal Services Corporation (LSC) released a Request for Proposals to identify potential participants in a pilot project for implementing access to justice portals. The legal access portal concept emerged from the 2013 LSC Technology Summit as one of the key recommendations for achieving 100% access to justice...

The Civil Rules Advisory Committee: Pilot Projects to Imminent Rule Changes

Brittany Kauffman
On November 3, the federal Civil Rules Advisory Committee met in Washington D.C. to discuss a range of issues—from current proposed rule amendments to future projects focused on discovery practice and active judicial case management. The Committee is in the very early stages of reviewing Rule 30(b)(6) with respect to...

Education and Assistance Available to Support State Civil Justice Reform

Brittany Kauffman
In July, the Conference of Chief Justices Civil Justices approved a resolution endorsing the Recommendations of its Civil Justice Improvements Committee. The Committee’s report, Call to Action: Achieving Justice for All , issues a call to action to the state courts to improve our civil justice system—and a strategic...

Arizona’s Call to Reform

Brittany Kauffman
Arizona has long been a leader in civil justice reform, and last week Arizona led the way again with a set of recommendations from its Committee on Civil Justice Reform. The Committee was established by the Arizona Supreme Court in December 2015 to “develop recommendations, including rule amendments or pilot projects...

Significant Efforts To Implement Proportionality in Discovery Continue

Brittany Kauffman
When significant amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure went into effect last December, we celebrated this important achievement but also stressed that how the rules were implemented would be key to seeing a positive impact. The importance of how the amendments are being implemented has not been lost on...

It's All About Implementation—From Recommendations to Reform in our State Courts

Brittany Kauffman
In 2013, our state trial courts reported a total of 94.1 million incoming cases. In comparison, there were just 284,604 civil filings in our federal district courts. These statistics reflect the stark reality that the vast majority of civil cases in the United States are filed in our state court system. Thus, for most...