University of Denver

Projects

Case management is part of every civil justice reform proposal afoot in the nation. Yet, early and active case management by judges is still not the norm. We are working to broaden, re-envision, and ultimately redefine the practice for our rapidly evolving legal system.
Unbundled legal services, also called limited scope representation, is a service delivery model that holds promise for the growing numbers of self-represented litigants. IAALS has taken an advocacy role in advancing the implementation of unbundled legal services in order to both increase access to justice.
The research on culture change, and legal system culture change in particular, suggests that it is an uphill battle. IAALS recognizes and focuses on the role of culture change as we propose and implement solutions for reform.
All too often, litigants are left out of conversations on improving the legal process. Our study asked self-represented litigants in family court about their experience with the legal process.
IAALS and U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor (Ret.) have identified a model for choosing, evaluating, and retaining judges.
Judges in the United States are selected through a variety of methods. We promote models that emphasize qualifications and limit political considerations.
The judicial nominating commission is the key to commission-based appointment, or “merit selection,” of state court judges.
We are at the forefront of efforts to improve and expand programs for evaluating the performance of state and federal judges.
IAALS and the American College of Trial Lawyers Task Force on Discovery and Civil Justice partnered to study cost and delay in America’s civil justice system and propose solutions. The research and Principles from this project have inspired reform across our state and federal systems.
IAALS’ work in legal education began with a commitment to supporting curricular innovation and collaboration among legal educators.
IAALS has focused much of its time and effort over the last decade on ways to improve the effectiveness of discovery—with the ultimate goal of ensuring an accessible system for all.