IAALS’ report, Building a Better Bar: The Twelve Building Blocks of Minimum Competence, provides the first-ever empirically grounded definition of the minimum competence required to practice law. Our comprehensive study found that minimum competence consists of 12 interlocking “building blocks,” which reveal not only what it takes to be a minimally competent lawyer, but

IAALS has opened the nomination window for the 2024 Alli Gerkman Legal Visionary Award, which recognizes innovators who have made significant impacts early in their legal careers toward making the American legal system work better for everyone. Nominations will be accepted through December 1, and the award will be presented in April 2024. The award is

IAALS’ report, Allied Legal Professionals: A National Framework for Program Growth, summarizes the discussions at our 2022 convening, including convergence on best practices for allied legal professional programs, areas of divergence between program approaches, and lessons learned from existing programs.In a previous post, we highlighted the first four recommendation areas for allied legal professional

September 17th is Constitution Day, which commemorates the day over two hundred years ago when members of the Constitutional Convention signed the United States Constitution. Each year on this day, we take a moment to reflect on the establishment of our government and the guarantee of our rights.The Constitution was signed after a long summer

IAALS, the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System at the University of Denver, is excited to announce the appointment of six new members to its esteemed Board of Advisors. Their diversity of perspectives and expertise will further strengthen our work to achieve a modern, just, and accessible legal system.“The addition of these

IAALS’ report, Building a Better Bar: The Twelve Building Blocks of Minimum Competence, provides the first-ever empirically grounded definition of the minimum competence required to practice law. Our comprehensive study found that minimum competence consists of 12 interlocking “building blocks,” which reveal not only what it takes to be a minimally competent lawyer, but

Earlier this month, the American Bar Association proposed a resolution encouraging law firms to broaden their evaluation criteria when recruiting law students. The resolution suggests considering factors such as legal research and writing skills, community service, extracurricular activities, personal qualities like teamwork and resilience, and unique backgrounds and experiences alongside—not after—more traditional factors such as

This summer, IAALS published Allied Legal Professionals: A National Framework for Program Growth. This report summarizes discussions from last November’s convening, including best practices, discrepancies between programs, and lessons learned from states who are currently utilizing such legal service providers. A set of recommendations for states looking to implement or improve such programs emerged

In 2012, Washington became the first state to implement an allied legal professional (ALP) program, which allows people other than attorneys—who Washington calls Limited License Legal Technicians (LLLTs)—to provide limited scope legal representation in family law. This program was designed to serve people who could not afford an attorney and also did not qualify for

Last month, the Colorado Supreme Court issued official guidelines for virtual participation in trial court proceedings, allowing litigants, victims, witnesses, and attorneys to attend virtually. In adopting an official policy, the court joins other states that have also recognized the importance of clear policies regarding virtual proceedings, including Arizona, Michigan, and Minnesota

Judicial performance evaluation (JPE) programs provide periodic feedback to state judges about their performance on the bench, promoting the professional development of judges and educating the general public and voters about the work of their community’s judges. JPE programs draw from a range of informational sources, including surveys of attorneys and others who interact with