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Justice Needs and Satisfaction in the United States of America
September 1, 2021
This report provides nationwide data on the justice needs that people in the United States experience every day and a deeper understanding of how people in the United States resolve those justice needs, as well as what is working and what isn’t, to inform and help target reform efforts.
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Foundations: Hiring Guide
Foundations: Hiring Guide
Cut through Bias. Hire & Retain the Best Lawyers.
April 12, 2021
This guide is for employers who want to improve their hiring practices—to improve quality, retention, and diversity—based on what IAALS has learned from the Foundations for Practice project. The guide is a set of principles and recommendations geared toward hiring candidates suited to excel at an organization— based on that organization’s practice, vision, goals, and needs—that can be adapted to the specific objectives and goals of different employers.
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Foundations: Instructional Design Guide
Foundations: Instructional Design Guide
Use Learning Outcomes & Standards-Based Assessments to Train Better Lawyers
April 12, 2021
This instructional design guide is for educators who are interested in using what IAALS has learned from the Foundations for Practice project as a basis for learning outcomes and standards-based assessments. The guide uses a step-by-step approach to implement a Foundations-based instructional model in the university law classroom.
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Initial Discovery Protocols
for Business Interruption Insurance Disputes Arising from the COVID-19 Pandemic and Similar Public Health Threats
February 9, 2021
These Initial Discovery Protocols provide a new pretrial procedure that aims to reduce conflict and cost and to help businesses and insurers reach quick resolution during the COVID-19 pandemic, whether it be in settlement, motions practice, or trial. They are designed to be implemented by trial judges, lawyers, and litigants in state and federal courts.
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Pandemic Positives
Extending the Reach of Court and Legal Services
October 30, 2020
Through detailed case studies, this report showcases the innovation occurring in courts, self-help centers, legal aid centers, and law/public libraries in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Lessons learned from these organizations can be helpful to others that are still updating their services or exploring adding virtual services.
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Building a Better Bar
The Twelve Building Blocks of Minimum Competence
October 28, 2020
The legal profession has never had a clear, explicit understanding of the minimum competence needed to practice law and how it should be tested on the bar exam (or through other licensing approaches). In this report, we have defined minimum competence and have new recommendations for how the legal licensing process—including the bar exam—must change to better serve the public.
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Public Perspectives on Trust and Confidence in the Courts
Public Perspectives on Trust and Confidence in the Courts
June 29, 2020
IAALS undertook this study to explore the critical issue of public trust and confidence in the civil legal system through a qualitative lens. The study’s long-form, one-on-one interviews explored several facets: the value of courts, trust in judges, ideal judicial behavior, available information on the legal system, and popular media depictions of the system, among others.
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Transforming Our Civil Justice System for the 21st Century: The Road to Civil Justice Reform
Transforming Our Civil Justice System for the 21st Century: The Road to Civil Justice Reform
April 28, 2020
This report provides a compilation of case studies from four states—Idaho, Maine, Missouri, and Texas—that used our roadmap to help implement broad civil justice reform recommendations. In it we share lessons learned from each state's experiences, which can provide other states with tangible experiences on which to draw when initiating their own efforts.
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Preventing Whack-a-Mole Management of Consumer Debt Cases
Preventing Whack-a-Mole Management of Consumer Debt Cases
A Proposal for a Coherent and Comprehensive Approach for State Courts
February 28, 2020
Americans are drowning in debt, and many find themselves as defendants in consumer debt collection cases filed in state courts. This white paper on consumer debt collection was developed to provide guidance to state court policymakers on managing different types of debt collection cases, given the growing caseload and recognition of existing gaps in effective case management in our courts.
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Redesigning Divorce: User-Driven Design for a Better Process
Redesigning Divorce
User-Driven Design for a Better Process
December 18, 2019
This report details findings from our interactive Court Compass design sprint workshops, where we led self-represented litigants and court stakeholders in identifying problems people face in navigating the legal process, brainstorming potential solutions to those problems, and creating prototypes for those solutions.
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Guidance on Developing Problem-Solving Approaches for Families in Court
Guidance on Developing Problem-Solving Approaches for Families in Court
November 14, 2019
Family courts operate within a larger court structure that generally reflects the traditional, adversarial approach, which can exacerbate tensions between partners and leave children caught in the crossfire of parental acrimony. This guide is designed to assist family courts in building a menu of robust alternative dispute resolution processes—such as mediation and other methods—that are responsive to the needs of cases and parties.
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Ensuring the Right to Be Heard: Guidance for Trial Judges in Cases Involving Self-Represented Litigants
Ensuring the Right to Be Heard
Guidance for Trial Judges in Cases Involving Self-Represented Litigants
November 14, 2019
To help trial judges better manage cases involving self-represented litigants, this guide summarizes effective practices for resolving cases with one or more self-represented litigants in the courtroom and provides specific examples of their application in the family law context.
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Guidelines for Creating Effective Self-Help Information
Guidelines for Creating Effective Self-Help Information
November 14, 2019
Not all self-help materials are created equal. This guide is intended to help courts increase the efficacy of existing self-help materials and assist in the development of new materials that empower parties with information and an understanding of what to do with that information.
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Think Like a Client
October 29, 2019
Understanding what clients want and expect from their lawyers is imperative for the provision of high-quality legal services, as well as for lawyers’ success in the legal profession. This report represents a first step for the profession in developing a comprehensive, evidence-based understanding of what clients value.
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Divorcing Together: Report on an Interdisciplinary Out-of-Court Approach to Separation and Divorce
Divorcing Together
Report on an Interdisciplinary Out-of-Court Approach to Separation and Divorce
May 16, 2019
IAALS developed an interdisciplinary out-of-court model to provide a comprehensive set of legal and therapeutic services to separating and divorcing families. The model provided families the opportunity to complete the divorce process without ever having to go to court. This report presents insights into the model as well as data from a robust evaluation on how the Center for Out-of-Court Divorce operated.
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