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The killing of George Floyd, wrenchingly recorded on video, can only evoke anger, shame, and sorrow. Anger at its senselessness and its coming at the hands of those sworn to protect our communities. Shame that we have not advanced further towards the promises of due process and equal protection embedded in the Fourteenth Amendment more than 150 years ago. And sorrow for Floyd’s family and for the many wounds still flowing from our too-long history of racism and violence.

In reflecting on recent events, I found Michelle Obama’s comments compelling. If we are to move past racism, she said “it’s up to all of us—Black, white, everyone—no matter how well-meaning we think we might be, to do the honest, uncomfortable work of rooting it out. It starts with self-examination and listening to those whose lives are different from our own. It ends with justice, compassion, and empathy that manifests in our lives and on our streets.”

Improving our civil justice system drives IAALS’ work. Even before the pandemic, the system was in crisis in terms of meeting people’s needs, and the gap between this reality and our ideal of “justice for all” is growing larger. As described in my recent call to action, even while the pandemic’s disruption increases the need for systemic improvements, it also offers a distinct opportunity to achieve them. The pandemic has forced courts, lawyers, and law schools to adopt new ways of doing things. We should learn from these efforts and seize this opportunity to make the changes we need to provide justice
we can believe in.
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May 29: "Institute Creating Pandemic Discovery Protocols for Litigation" in Carrier Management

May 29
: "Business News: COVID-19 Claim Protocols, HomeCare Connect and Roost" in Claims Journal

May 27
: "Steven Badger Named to IAALS Working Group to Develop Initial Discovery Protocols for COVID-19 Insurance Litigation" on Zelle LLP's website

May 21
: "What Covid-19 Might Mean for Online Dispute Resolution" in PrawfsBlawg

May 15: "New Report Shows 'Road Map' for Court Change with Tech and Procedure" in Law Week Colorado

May 12: "New members for next term are slated for ABA legal ed section's council" in ABA Journal

May 5: "NCJFCJ's Joey Orduña Hastings Joins Two Prestigious National Committees" in Nevada Business

May 1: "Revolutionizing the Business of Law" in Washington Lawyer
IAALS' Think Like a Client project was the topic of BNI Shoreline's weekly meeting

IAALS' Court Compass project is cited in Pew's How Debt Collectors Are Transforming the Business of State Courts report

IAALS' Transforming Our Civil Justice System for the 21st Century: The Road to Civil Justice Reform report mentioned in State Justice Institute's news section
Join IAALS and the Sturm College of Law on June 25 from 2–3 p.m. MT for a virtual talk with law professor and ABA Journal Legal Rebel Bill Henderson. Henderson’s impressive career of innovation in both legal education and the profession make him a unique and informed voice on how we may best unlock legal regulation in order to deliver legal services in a way that’s thoughtful, efficient, and affordable.

Free registration is now open. 

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