Today, the American Bar Association Center for Innovation released the inaugural issue of the Innovation Trends Report, which explores innovation within the ABA, in legal technology, and in legal regulatory reform. Innovation within the ABA

Within the ABA, sections are working on new, innovative projects with an eye toward shaping and advancing the U.S. justice

The COVID-19 pandemic forced unprecedented modifications to nearly every profession across the globe—among them, the legal profession and its bar exam. While some jurisdictions adjusted test dates and methods, with some administering the exam remotely, others—such as Utah, Louisiana, and Washington—created or expanded opportunities for new law school graduates to enter the profession. These new

IAALS, the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System, continues its commitment to ensuring fair, impartial, transparent, and accessible courts through JPE 2.0—a project that will help judicial performance evaluation (JPE) programs nationwide update their approaches to reflect modern realities, while remaining accurate, trusted, and relevant.JPE processes—first developed in the 1980s—provide a

The Minnesota Legal Paraprofessional Pilot Project (“Pilot”) launched in March 2021, allowing legal professionals who are not licensed attorneys to provide legal advice and, in some instances, representation for clients in family law and landlord-tenant disputes (with attorney supervision). Tasked with evaluating the program’s efficacy, the Standing Committee for the Pilot submitted an Interim Report to

With great sadness, IAALS mourns the passing of John E. Moye, one of our founders. John was a visionary in the practice of law and an innovator within our legal system. His passion for justice and the betterment of society were at the forefront throughout his life and career, and he was recognized as

A federal statute, 36 U.S. Code § 113, designates May 1 as Law Day, and is intended to “celebrate the ideals of equality and justice under law” and to help cultivate “respect for law that is so vital to the democratic way of life.” In addition, each year the American Bar Associations identifies a suggested

IAALS, the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System at the University of Denver, announced today that it is launching Allied Legal Professionals. With generous support from the Sturm Family Foundation, this project seeks to help standardize a new tier of legal professionals nationally—to increase the options for accessible and affordable legal

Real, disruptive change is frequently discussed and predicted, but only rarely seen. Yet, we have certainly seen disruptive change over the past two years, in our country and the world at large—and in our justice system in particular. This momentum for meaningful change throughout our justice system must be maintained and effectively channeled.


IAALS is thrilled to announce that Dan Rodriguez, former dean and current Howard Washington Professor of Law of Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law, will join the organization as our scholar-in-residence for two weeks this April, with ongoing collaboration on our projects. “I got to know Dan when we were both law school deans in Chicago,