While IAALS conducts a nationwide search for our next executive director, I’m honored to serve in the role on an interim basis. Throughout the past year, Scott Bales has led IAALS through unprecedented challenges and helped us launch new initiatives to lead the legal system forward. His leadership has been a gift.   

I’ve now had the opportunity to sit down virtually with each of my IAALS teammates. As individuals, they are wonderfully talented people. A small but mighty team, they are single-minded in their commitment to the IAALS mission: to forge innovative and practical solutions to problems within the American legal system.  

As America reckons with institutional racism and grapples with COVID-19’s threat to lives and livelihoods, our mission will make a positive difference. I’ve seen the many impacts of IAALS over the years from my role on the Board of Advisors. IAALS’ steadfast commitment to improving our civil justice system and forging its future won’t change. In this time, IAALS’ work is crucial—and that work is backed by our teammates, a broad network of partners, and soon a new leader to help guide it all. We look forward to this next chapter of IAALS.

Sam Walker, Interim Executive Director
August 2020 
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July 30: "A Sharpened Call for Attorney Regulatory Reform" in 2Civility

July 22
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IAALS Executive Director Steps Down" in Law Week Colorado

July 16
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IAALS Provides Snapshot of Perceptions of Legal System" in Law Week Colorado

July 16
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IAALS Releases Report on Public Trust and Confidence in the Courts" in 2Civility

July 16
: "
Public Trust and Confidence in the Civil Legal System: A Q&A With Logan Cornett and Natalie Anne Knowlton" in Texas Lawyer

July 2
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Rare R.I. Supreme Court vacancy raises questions of race, power" in The Boston Globe
Paula Littlewood, IAALS Board of Advisors member, featured on ABA Journal's Legal Rebels podcast

IAALS’ work on the Family Justice Initiative featured in the NCSC’s 2020 Trends in State Courts

IAALS and ACTL Task Force work referenced in the final report of Hawaii’s Task Force on Civil Improvements

On August 20 from 11 a.m.–12 p.m. MT, IAALS and the University of Denver Sturm College of Law will co-host a virtual panel discussion on how regulatory reform—and the innovative and diverse ecosystems such reform can create—can help address issues of racial injustice. This esteemed panel features legal industry leaders and access to justice advocates Rohan Pavuluri (Co-Founder/CEO, Upsolve), Andrea S. Jarmon (Founder, Jarmon Law Group), and Andrew Arruda (Co-Founder/CEO, ROSS Intelligence). Our panelists and the ensuing discussion will focus on concrete efforts to change these regulatory structures and how members of the legal profession can lead around these efforts.

Free registration is now open. 

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