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IAALS Publications

Evaluation of Experiential Law School Program Proves Graduates “Ahead of the Curve”

Zachary Willis
Are law school graduates ready to enter the profession, engage in the practice, and serve clients? Many law schools have developed more robust experiential training in recent years. One such program is educating law students who are outperforming their colleagues in the field who have been licensed to practice law for...

Short, Summary, and Expedited Trial Programs Across the Country in 2014

Brittany Kauffman
In 2014, we have continued to see a rise in the number of, and interest in, alternative processes designed to provide a more streamlined approach to the pretrial and trial process. While these programs are known by many different names, they all focus on increasing access to our civil justice system. Given the number...

The Modern Family Court Judge: Knowledge, Qualities & Skills for Success

Zachary Willis
Family court judges make significant decisions affecting our nation's families, yet these judges are often undervalued—even by their peers on the bench. And, there is insufficient acknowledgement of the broad expertise required to do the job well. A new IAALS publication aims to change this by drawing attention to the...

Creating Momentum for Change: IAALS' Final Evaluation of Colorado Court Rule Changes

Zachary Willis
IAALS is pleased to announce the release of our final evaluation results for the Colorado Civil Access Pilot Project (CAPP), the state's experiment with new court procedures. As a whole, CAPP has succeeded in achieving many of its intended effects and the evaluation provides a rich source of information for rulemakers...

New Report on Cost Allocation in Discovery Explores Lessons to be Learned at Home and Abroad

Brittany Kauffman
Over the last seven years, we have focused much of our time and effort on ways to improve the effectiveness of discovery, due in large part to the expanding world of electronically stored information. In our new report, we review the laws in the United States and other countries and provide examples of, and analogies...

Choosing Judges: Judicial Nominating Commissions and the Selection of Supreme Court Justices

Malia Reddick
Rebecca Love Kourlis
We are pleased to announce the release of a new report on the judicial nominating commissions used to select supreme court justices in 30 states and Washington, D.C. With Choosing Judges , we examine why judicial nominating commissions are established in the first place, how their structure and operation differ across...

New Publication Summarizes Empirical Research on the Civil Justice Process

Brittany Kauffman
Corina D. Gerety
A national conversation is ongoing about the future of our civil justice system, and research is being conducted on the litigation process by a number of individuals and organizations. To help make sense of the latest research and to bring it down to a manageable size, we have created a new report that synthesizes the...

IAALS Releases Preliminary Findings on Colorado Civil Access Pilot Project

Corina D. Gerety
IAALS is pleased to announce the completion of its preliminary evaluation report on the Colorado Civil Access Pilot Project (CAPP), which tests a new set of pre-trial procedures for business actions in state district court. Our initial analysis reveals that the CAPP process as a whole has succeeded in achieving many...