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Louisiana and Texas Implement Tools to Streamline Litigation and Hasten Recovery from Hurricanes

Brooke Meyer
Maddie Hosack
In the past few months, there have been encouraging updates in several states aimed at more effectively addressing the legal needs of disaster survivors. Two states—Louisiana and Texas—implemented various tools to help streamline litigation arising from these disasters.

2020 Judicial Elections Bring Less Tumult, But Still a Few Surprises

Jordan M. Singer
On the whole, 2020 was a quiet time for state judicial elections, at least in comparison to recent years. Fewer sitting judges were directly targeted for removal, and most of the efforts to oust judges failed at the ballot box. But even quiet years have standout moments, and the recent election cycle brought several...

New Report Highlighting States' Civil Justice Reform Efforts Provides Guidance for Change Management

Kelsey Montague
IAALS and the NCSC have finalized a three-year project with the release of their new report highlighting the experiences of four states—Idaho, Maine, Missouri, and Texas—as they worked to implement change in their courts. The recommendations can provide critical support to courts facing unprecedented need for change...

Legal Communities Prepare for and Recover from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma

Heather Buchanan
The U.S. legal system is already hard to navigate and understand, but even more so in the aftermath of a natural disaster. In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, and in preparation for Hurricane Irma, the legal community is coming together in different ways to make legal aid more accessible to people in affected areas. For...

State Legislatures Considering Range of Measures to Limit Judicial Independence

Malia Reddick
As reported by the Washington Post , the President is not the only one who has taken on the courts recently: it is also happening in state legislatures around the country. This comes as no surprise to state court watchers; in fact, legislation targeting state courts for unpopular decisions is now commonplace. (Our...