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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

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

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

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

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

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

An important addition to the national access to justice landscape, the Above the Line Network (ATLN) has launched today to tackle the daunting challenges that middle-class Americans face when seeking legal help that doesn’t break the bank. While most organized access to justice efforts rightly focus on low-income and poor people who are especially vulnerable,

January is Child-Centered Divorce Awareness Month, highlighting the impact that divorce can have on children and emphasizing the need for a more child-centric approach to the separation process. This month serves as a reminder for lawyers, judges, other legal professionals, and parents alike to prioritize the well-being and emotional health of children during divorce proceedings.

As we jump into 2024, IAALS is profoundly grateful for the unwavering dedication and support of our partners and colleagues. We’re inspired by the remarkable people working alongside us to create transformative change in our civil justice system. Last year brought significant advancements on various fronts of justice—and IAALS is proud to have played a