Last Thursday, IAALS gathered with partners and friends for our 16th Annual Rebuilding Justice Award Dinner, celebrating the year’s awardees and everyone who works with us to jumpstart the groundbreaking and achievable solutions that will clear a path to justice for everyone. “By developing national recommendations for justice system change and evidence-based models for reform—and then partnering with others around
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Law Day is commemorated every May 1 to celebrate the rule of law and cultivate a deeper understanding of the legal system. This year, the American Bar Association (ABA) has chosen the theme of “Voices of Democracy” to recognize that “in democracies, the people rule”:For nearly 250 years, Americans have expressed their political views and wishes by speaking their minds
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From the early days of this country’s existence, portions of the population have been unable to afford legal services. Today, that portion of individuals is so substantial that we accurately call this lack of representation a “crisis.” It is well documented that over 70% of civil and family law cases have at least one party that is self-represented, and over
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The world at large is constantly evolving, and so must our civil justice system.IAALS is uniquely positioned to bring that change. Our nonpartisan, independent approach cuts through the noise that consumes our modern society and empowers data-backed, people-centered innovations that are taking hold in courts, in law schools, and within the legal profession across the country. IAALS is focused on
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In November, Oregon made history by becoming the first U.S. state to implement a non-exam, performance-based pathway to licensure through a program called Supervised Practice Portfolio Examination (SSPE), which is available to graduates across the state. Starting next month, aspiring lawyers will have the opportunity to obtain a legal license after successful completion of a period of practice under
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Last year, IAALS welcomed six new members to our board of advisors. One of those new members is Sonja Ebron, who brings to IAALS an unparalleled dedication to access to justice with a unique perspective as a Ph.D. electrical engineer. As one of the driving forces behind Courtroom5, she has woven together her technological expertise and personal experiences
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Last year, IAALS welcomed six new members to our board of advisors. One of those new members is Stacey Marz, a visionary who recognizes the potential of technology in democratizing justice. Her previous roles in bridging the access-to-justice gap at the Alaska Court System—including leading remote self-help services, ADR, and language access services—highlight her commitment to making the
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Arati Prabhakar, Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), recently referred to artificial intelligence (AI) as “one of the most consequential technologies of our times.” While AI is not new, we have seen advances in generative AI at an astonishing rate over the last year. The potential for AI’s impact is broad, as it has
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Going through divorce is often a turbulent time for families, particularly when children are involved. However, parents, practitioners, and courts can adopt more mindful approaches that prioritize children’s well-being and help families find smoother processes through difficult changes.Recent attention has been directed towards child-centered divorce practices, which put divorce’s effects on children in focus and build divorce strategies that minimize
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IAALS, the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System, and the Law School Admission Council (LSAC), today announced a new joint project—Foundations 2.0—designed to provide a comprehensive updated view of the skills and competencies new lawyers need to succeed and serve clients well in the rapidly evolving legal profession. The Foundations 2.0 project represents a major update of IAALS’
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On January 4, 2024, the North Carolina Justice for All Project (JFAP) filed a First Amendment lawsuit against the state of North Carolina claiming unlawful infringement upon their fundamental right of free speech to provide simple legal advice to North Carolinians. While this lawsuit isn’t the first or even second step by JFAP to improve access to justice in North
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IAALS, the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System, has conceptualized regulatory models as consisting of four pathways to change: regulatory sandboxes, alternative business structures, allied legal professionals, and community-based justice worker models.(1) According to IAALS, a community-based justice worker model “involve[s] training and certifying individuals working at community-based organizations to offer legal advice and services in certain
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At its December 15, 2023, meeting, the Texas Access to Justice Commission invited members of the bar and the public to share comments on the report and recommendations its Access to Legal Services Working Group released ten days earlier. The comprehensive 250-page report includes the group’s charge from the Supreme Court of Texas—to focus on helping low-income Texans—an overview
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IAALS, the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System, announced today that it is awarding Eduardo Gonzalez, Program Officer for Civil Justice at the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, the fourth annual Alli Gerkman Legal Visionary Award. The award is designed to encourage and showcase innovators, risk takers, visionaries, and emerging leaders who bring a
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In the fall of 2021, IAALS launched a virtual summit series, Paths to Justice, to underscore not only the challenges of the moment but also the substantial opportunities for systemic change. The series was comprised of multiple invite-only virtual convenings as well as a series of webinars focusing on the paths of the pandemic, the paths to access, and
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