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Blog Posts by Zachary Willis

Quality Judges Award Honors Best of Judicial Performance Evaluations Process

Carolyn A. Tyler
Zachary Willis
IAALS is proud to announce Joanne C. Slotnik, Former Executive Director of the Utah Judicial Performance Evaluation Commission, as the inaugural recipient of our Quality Judges Award in recognition of her contributions to preserving judicial accountability and impartiality. Retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra...

A Top Ten for Changing Legal Culture in the United States

Zachary Willis
Hunter Metcalf
The April edition of Court Manager —the monthly publication of the National Association for Court Management (NACM)—featured an article by Brittany Kauffman, Director of IAALS’ Rule One Initiative . Entitled “ Change the Culture, Change the System: A Top 10 ,” the article discusses IAALS’ mission to improve America’s...

Governor Hickenlooper Proclaims April 21 'IAALS Day' in Honor of 10th Anniversary

Zachary Willis
Carolyn A. Tyler
Last week, IAALS held our annual Rebuilding Justice Award Dinner in celebration of our 10th Anniversary and the remarkable progress we've made as a national force for legal reform. More than one hundred thirty people from all over the country joined us in Denver to mark this historic milestone—and celebrate a legacy...

Kourlis Keynotes Idaho Darrington Lecture: Why We Cannot Afford to Fail

Zachary Willis
Hunter Metcalf
In February, IAALS Executive Director Rebecca Love Kourlis gave the keynote address for the Denton Darrington Annual Lecture on Law and Government in Boise. The lecture is sponsored by the University of Idaho College of Law, the Idaho Supreme Court, and the Idaho State Bar and Law Foundation, and was broadcast live...

Denver Business Journal: Three Questions with Rebecca Love Kourlis

Zachary Willis
Hunter Metcalf
As IAALS celebrates its tenth year, the Denver Business Journal sat down with Executive Director Rebecca Love Kourlis to recap her motivation for leaving the Colorado Supreme Court and founding IAALS, and the impacts made over the last decade. “I was very concerned that the civil justice process was becoming...

Denver Post: Center for Out-of-Court Divorce Offers New Alternative for Families

Zachary Willis
This week, the Denver Post published an article highlighting Denver’s new Center for Out-of-Court Divorce , which provides a child-focused, less-adversarial, and potentially less-costly approach for families when parents are separating. The nonprofit Center, based on the model developed by IAALS ’ Honoring Families...

2016 Rebuilding Justice Award Honors a Decade of Collaboration and Innovation

Zachary Willis
On April 21, IAALS—the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System at the University of Denver—will hold its annual Rebuilding Justice Award Dinner . The award recognizes individuals who exemplify the spirit of innovation and leadership that IAALS champions across all of our work toward building a legal...

New Mexico Judge Extols State’s Judicial Performance Evaluation Process

Zachary Willis
Hunter Metcalf
In a recent opinion piece , Judge Daniel E. Ramczyk emphasizes the importance and benefits of New Mexico’s judicial selection and retention process, and in particular the role that the Judicial Performance Evaluation Commission (JPEC) plays in providing valuable feedback to judges as well as to the citizens who vote...

The Center for Out-of-Court Divorce Grows into its New Home in Denver

Zachary Willis
Hunter Metcalf
In January, Law Week Colorado covered Denver’s new Center for Out-of-Court Divorce . The Center, based on IAALS’ recommended model for child- and family-centric divorce and separation services, grew out of our pilot project at the University of Denver, known as the Resource Center for Separating and Divorcing Families...

February Summit Will Highlight Impact and Importance of New Rules for Courts and Profession

Zachary Willis
In December, major changes were made to the rules regarding civil procedure in federal courts. The federal rules refocus and reaffirm the legal community’s commitment to providing a just, speedy, and inexpensive resolution for everyone who brings their case to court. The new rules lay out expectations for lawyers and...