Message from Our Executive Director

Last month, I announced my retirement from IAALS after 13 wonderful years of overseeing its growth and progress. I am fortunate to be leaving the organization in the capable hands of Arizona Supreme Court Chief Justice Scott Bales, who will take over in September.

Chief Justice Bales' steadfast dedication to tackling the problems facing our courts, legal profession, and judiciary will continue at IAALS—and, most importantly, I know that he will lead the way toward even greater impact across the country and across our legal system. 

Meanwhile, I remain in place and committed to assuring as smooth a transition as possible, so I will continue to appear in this space for a while. Please note that we will introduce Chief Justice Bales at the Rebuilding Justice Award Dinner on April 25th—join us and welcome him!

Rebecca Love Kourlis, IAALS Executive Director 
April 2019 

Partner Profile: Mark Nadeau
IAALS simply would not be what it is without the support of our staff, partners and friends. This month, we profile Mark Nadeau, Co-Managing Partner of DLA Piper's Phoenix office and a member of IAALS' Board of Advisors. 

We have been very fortunate to have Mark on our Board of Advisors. His depth of thought, intellect, and candor—and his deep generosity—have been valuable assets at IAALS, and we count him among our blessings.
News from IAALS
ABA Webinar: Hurricanes, Floods, and Fires, Oh My!

In February, IAALS released a set of initial discovery protocols for first-party insurance cases arising from disasters, both natural and man-made. These cases have a clear core of basic information the parties need to exchange in virtually every case—and our protocols streamline the process. 

This month, the American Bar Association will feature the new protocols in a webinar for its members, titled Hurricanes, Floods, and Fires, Oh My!: How to Improve Discovery in a Flood of Post-Disaster Property Insurance Lawsuits, which will feature the new protocols. We are excited to share the purpose and key provisions of the protocols, as well as how they can be applied in state and federal courts around the country. 


Read more.

Webinar on Making Motions Practice More Effective and Efficient

This month, IAALS is co-hosting the third in a series of webinars with the National Center for State Courts focused on providing practical information and guidance on implementing civil justice reform titled Civil Justice Reform: Making Motions Practice More Effective and Efficient.

The webinars are part of our three-year 
Civil Justice Initiative implementation project focused on providing support for on-the-ground reform through education, expert assistance, regional action planning summits, demonstration projects, and a variety of tools.


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IAALS to Co-Sponsor Conference on Plain Language and Simplification 

Given the large number of people who navigate the legal system without any representation, justice system stakeholders have a duty to cut through the legalese and ensure that the system is more understandable to laypeople. To further that goal, IAALS is proud to co-sponsor a conference later this month at Hofstra University Maurice A. Deane School of Law, titled Plain and Simple: Making the Legal System Accessible to All

Judges, court administrators, attorneys, educators, legislators, and students will gather to discuss how we can best simplify the court system through plain language, starting with a keynote speech from New York Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman.


Read more.

Rebuilding Justice Award Dinner: Register Now!

On Thursday, April 25, we will hold our annual Rebuilding Justice Award Dinner, which recognizes individuals who exemplify the spirit of innovation and leadership that we champion across all of our work toward building a legal system that is accessible, fair, reliable, efficient, and accountable.

This year, we are honoring The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation for its generous support of our Foundations for Practice project and our four partner schools for their leadership in bringing Foundations for Practice to life:

  • Columbia Law School
  • Northwestern Pritzker School of Law
  • Seattle University School of Law
  • University of Denver Sturm College of Law
We hope to see you there!


Register Now. 

News Brief
National Self-Represented Litigants Project Announces Launch of Access Revolution Blog: The National Self-Represented Litigants Project recently announced the launch of their rebranded blog, “The Access Revolution Blog: Dispatches from the Frontlines.” Read More.
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