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Blog Posts by Zachary Willis

New Discovery Protocols Outline How Courts Can Expedite the Recovery Process in Disaster Cases

Zachary Willis
Today, IAALS announces the release of The Initial Discovery Protocols for First-Party Insurance Property Damage Cases Arising from Disasters Protocols, which provides a new pretrial procedure for cases involving first-party insurance property damage claims arising from man-made or natural disasters.

Courts Must Change to Serve Increasing Victims of Natural Disasters

Zachary Willis
The road to recovery is arduous for disaster victims. For the increasing numbers of those victims who end up in court in an effort to recover damages, the process can be protracted and complex. Courts are quickly overwhelmed by the volume and complexity of the cases and these challenges quickly frustrate victims...

Colorado Lawyer Self-Assessment Program Helps Attorneys Increase Access to Justice

Zachary Willis
​IAALS has long focused on increasing access to justice by helping courts develop policies and procedures to make civil litigation more efficient and less expensive. But it’s not just courts and judges that can improve access to justice—attorneys too can take steps to refine their practices to help bridge the justice...

Not Above the Law: IAALS Provides New Recommendations for Judicial Discipline

Rebecca Love Kourlis
Zachary Willis
Public trust and confidence in our judiciary, and our judges, is vital. Yet, over the last several decades, that trust has been eroded. For people to trust judges again, we must ensure a series of pillars are in place: improved ways of selecting judges; improved ways of evaluating judges’ performance; and improved...

IAALS Examines the Use of Summary Judgment in U.S. District Courts

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New Publication
Zachary Willis
Much has been done over the past five years to address the cost and delay in the civil justice process, and much of that work has focused on discovery. Recognizing that there are equal challenges and opportunities for improvement in the area of motions practice, IAALS has focused on understanding the current motions...