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Blog Posts by Heather Buchanan

New Online Tool Helps Narrow the Access-to-Justice Gap for Self-Represented Litigants

John Montgomery
Heather Buchanan
Last month the Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI) launched a new website service to assist SRLs navigate complex court forms. The main site,, hosts a series of “Guided Interviews” that walk SRLs through filling out various court forms using decision trees.

Denver Law Course Highlights Lawyer Well-Being and Foundations for Practice

Heather Buchanan
In direct response to an ABA study on attorney well-being and IAALS’ Foundations for Practice project and findings, University of Denver Sturm College of Law Professor Debra Austin brought to life a class called “Professionalism and Well-Being Skills for the Effective Lawyer,” which began this fall.

Journal of Legal Education Highlights Importance of Foundations, Soft Skills

Heather Buchanan
The Journal of Legal Education’s latest issue focuses on the ABA’s new standards on assessments and the reaction of law schools who now need to understand best practices in designing student learning outcomes. Professor Sophie Sparrow’s article highlights IAALS’ Foundations for Practice project and the value of “soft...

Understanding Summary Judgment in the United States—and How to Improve It

Heather Buchanan
Law Week Colorado recently highlighted IAALS’ new report on the landscape of summary judgment motions practice. The report is intended to serve as a foundation for conversations about current practices and eventual improvements, and recognizes that motions practice—as much as discovery—has a role to play in civil...