University of Denver

Blog Posts by Natalie Anne Knowlton

Resource Center Benefits Graduate Student Workers along with Their Divorcing Clients

Natalie Anne Knowlton
Since opening in September 2013, the University of Denver’s Resource Center for Separating and Divorcing Families has served as an invaluable resource not only for participating families, but also for the graduate students who have an opportunity to work within their field and gain experience. In January’s Family...

ABA Journal Highlights Successes of IAALS Out-of-Court Divorce Model

Natalie Anne Knowlton
In its effort to highlight the paradigm shift in how law is being practiced, the ABA Journal recently reported on the IAALS model for a less adversarial, out-of-court divorce process and the first implementation of this model at the University of Denver. While a comprehensive, three-year evaluation of the Resource...

National Center for State Courts Releases Screening Tool for Divorce Case Triage

Natalie Anne Knowlton
The National Center for State Courts recently released a screening tool for divorce cases to help courts “meaningfully differentiate cases.” The tool is designed to identify families who are largely in agreement on the issues in their case and need minimal or no court assistance. The tool is not a one-size-fits-all...

IAALS Champion, Judge Steve Leben, to Receive 2014 Rehnquist Award for Judicial Excellence

Natalie Anne Knowlton
IAALS would like to congratulate Kansas Court of Appeals Judge Steve Leben on being named the 2014 recipient of the William H. Rehnquist Award for Judicial Excellence. The National Center for State Courts Rehnquist award is presented annually to a state court judge who embodies judicial excellence, integrity, fairness...

U.S. Access to Justice Gap Garners International Attention and Scrutiny

Natalie Anne Knowlton
Brittany Kauffman
Access to justice is by no means a new conversation in the United States, but it has been a frequent topic of conversation over the last few months. The issue took to the international stage last Thursday and Friday when the United Nations Human Rights Committee asked the U.S. to account for its growing civil justice...

High Numbers of Self-Represented Litigants Left Underserved by Family Courts

Natalie Anne Knowlton
It comes as no surprise to those who work in or with the courts that many litigants these days proceed through the civil and family court system without an attorney. The figures collected and released in Indiana’s recent State of the Judiciary show that over half of all civil and family law litigants in 2013 were self...