University of Denver

Corina D. Gerety

Former Director of Research, IAALS

Corina Gerety was Director of Research at IAALS, overseeing long-term research and evaluation projects across all IAALS initiatives. In collaboration with Initiative directors, she spearheaded the design, execution, and presentation of original research to provide answers to pressing questions about the legal system. Gerety worked at IAALS from 2009-2016.

Beyond her research responsibilities, Gerety serves in a consultative capacity to groups and committees working to improve the legal system, including the American College of Trial Lawyers Task Force on Discovery and Civil Justice and the Conference of Chief Justices Civil Justice Initiative Committee. She has also provided expertise to several states interested in instituting their own research or evaluation projects.

Prior to coming to IAALS, Gerety acquired a range of legal experience, which informs her current work. Most recently, she was an Assistant Attorney General in Colorado for several years. She also served as a law clerk for Justice Nathan Ben Coats on the Colorado Supreme Court, and for the Honorable Paul A. Markson, Jr., and the Honorable Martin F. Egelhoff in Colorado’s Second Judicial District (general jurisdiction trial court). In addition, she spent six months in Colorado’s Office of the Presiding Disciplinary Judge, assisting the Honorable William R. Lucero to resolve alleged attorney violations of the professional rules of conduct.

Gerety earned her B.A. from the University of Puget Sound (1998), graduating with Honors in International Political Economy, and her J.D. from the University of Colorado (2003). While at the University of Colorado, she received the Dufford & Brown legal writing competition award and the William O. DeSouchet trial advocacy award. She was a Jonathan Boyd Chase Human Rights Fellow, and served as board president for the Rothgerber Moot Court Competition. Since her arrival at the University of Denver, Gerety has studied empirical research methods and completed a graduate certificate in International Studies at the Josef Korbel School.

Additional Info 

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Colorado Bar Association Leadership Training Program (COBALT), Class of 2015
  • Member, Colorado Bar Association
  • Member, Denver Bar Association
  • Member, Colorado Women's Bar Association

Media Highlights

  • LawWeek: CAPP Progress Report: Positive 4/14/2014 (link)

Recent Speaking Engagements

  • Co-Presenter, ABA Conference on Client-Centric Legal Services: Getting from Here to There, August 2015: “Self-Representation and the Role of Lawyers: A report on the research of IAALS" 
  • Speaker, IAALS Third Civil Justice Reform Summit: The New Landscape of Innovation, September 2012: "Data Collection and Measuring Change: Scope, Methodology, and Administrative Challenges" 
  • Speaker, CBA-CLE, The Civil Access Pilot Project: New Rules of Civil Procedure for Cases in Five Districts, December 2011: "Pilot Project Evaluation by IAALS" 
  • Speaker, Colorado Bar Association Young Lawyers Division Annual CLE: Practical Aspects of Practice and Hot Topics in the Law, November 2011: "Revisiting the Civil Rules"

External Publications

  • Coauthor, Simplified Procedure in the Real World Under C.R.C.P. 16.1, Colo. Law 23 (April 2011).
  • Author, Reimagining the Civil Justice Process, Denv. U. L. Rev. Online (March 14, 2011).
  • Author, Roper v. Simmons and the Role of International Laws, Practices and Opinions in United States Capital Punishment Jurisprudence, 4 Chinese J. Int’l L. 565 (2005).
  • Author, The Status of the Prohibition on the Imposition of the Death Penalty on Juvenile Offenders Under International Law, 2 International Crime and Punishment: Selected Issues 129 (2004).