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Blog Posts by Brittany Kauffman

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...

Former New York Chief Judge Lippman Recognized for Leadership, Impact

Brittany Kauffman
This week, former New York Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman, was presented with the first-ever Mary C. McQueen Award for Excellence and Leadership in Justice System Improvement as part of the annual joint conference of the Conference of Chief Justices and Conference of State Court Administrators. Throughout his career,...