Message from Our Executive Director

 A new year brings with it an opportunity to reflect back on a year of progress—progress that would not be possible without the leadership and on-the-ground work of our partners. Every year at our Rebuilding Justice Award Dinner, we recognize individuals or organizations whose vision and hard work have made our legal system better. This year we will be honoring the organizations that helped give life to the findings of our Foundations for Practice survey: the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, for its generous support of our Foundations for Practice project; and the four law schools—Columbia Law School, University of Denver Sturm College of Law, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, and Seattle University School of Law—for their leadership working with legal employers to ensure that legal education is aligned with the needs of an evolving profession. Please save the date for our 12th Annual Rebuilding Justice Dinner on Thursday, April 25, 2019.

Partner Profile: Richard P. Holme
 IAALS simply would not be what it is without the support of our partners and friends. This month we profile Richard "Dick" P. Holme, Senior of Counsel at Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP and a current member of IAALS’ Dispositive Motions Working Group. 

Dick Holme has been crucial to the success of IAALS. With his pioneering insights, steadfast dedication, and hard work, Dick has not only helped shape IAALS, but the legal system as well. We thank him for his continued thought leadership and philanthropic commitment to IAALS.
News from IAALS
It's Time to Redefine the Best and Brightest

In a recent New York Times piece, best-selling author Adam Grant challenged the assumption that straight-A students develop into star performers in the workplace. He writes: “Academic excellence is not a strong predictor of career excellence. Across industries, research shows that the correlation between grades and job performance is modest in the first year after college and trivial within a handful of years.”


Why? Because academic performance is a poor proxy for the types of characteristics and competencies that it takes to succeed in your career—things like creativity, leadership and teamwork skills, or social, emotional and political intelligence


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 Giving Self-Represented Litigtants the Support They Need

The percentage of self-represented litigants in many state family courts is substantial, with the recent Landscape of Domestic Relations Cases in State Courts study finding that in the majority of domestic relations cases (72%), at least one party is self-represented. According to the National Self-Represented Litigants Project (NSRLP), self-represented parties often feel like outsiders in a court system that appears to them as a private club. This can be attributed to “sharp practice” by opposing counsel and the defunding of pro bono/legal aid centers.

The IAALS 2016 Cases Without Counsel study of self-represented litigants in family court (building on prior research by Dr. Julie Macfarlane) brought to light similar issues in the self-represented litigant experience.



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Survey Highlights Public Trust and Confidence in State Courts 

For the fifth year in a row, the National Center for State Courts has conducted a comprehensive public opinion survey to gauge the level of public trust and confidence in the state courts. The State of the State Courts survey provides an important window into public views of our court system, including comparisons across past surveys and insights into key issues for the future of our state courts including self-representation and online dispute resolution.

With regard to overall confidence in the state court system, the survey found three-quarters of respondents (76%) say they have a great deal or some confidence in the state court system—the highest since the NCSC began tracking in 2012. While overall public trust and confidence in the state courts is high, the survey highlights room for improvement, including political bias, racial bias, inefficiency, and lack of innovation


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Hair on Fire: The Future of our State Courts 

The National Center for State Courts recently released an explainer video for courts to use as a resource when educating the public about the role of our state courts. The video looks back at the establishment of the judicial branch and the vision of our founders—of a court system that makes decisions based on law not public opinion, that is fair and impartial, that is accountable to the law and the Constitution, and open to people.


How do we continue to meet this vision of our founders in light of modern challenges, expectations, and technology? NCSC recently hosted an eCourts conference where the focus was the future of our state courts. In the opening plenary session “Hair on Fire: Courts in 2030,” the conference opened with the big question of what our courts will look like in the future.

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