It’s my honor to serve as IAALS’ interim executive director while we conduct a nationwide search for our next visionary leader. Since stepping into the interim role in July, I have loved seeing firsthand how IAALS’ work makes a real difference at a time when it’s needed most. In order to ensure the leadership over this important work continues—and grows—we recently retained the renowned global search firm Heidrick & Struggles to help us find the best and most diverse possible candidates for the CEO job at IAALS. In a recent blog post, I shared in my own words what makes this role special.

Our legal system needs leaders and visionaries in these trying times. And IAALS seeks the same. We’ll keep you posted on the progress of our CEO search, and in the meantime will continue our work toward justice we can believe in. In that vein, we hope you'll join us for our 13th Annual Rebuilding Justice Award Celebration on October 20 from 2–3 p.m. MDT, during which we'll recognize our two awardees for their leadership and innovation in advancing our justice system. 

Sam Walker, Interim Executive Director
October 2020
IAALS is thrilled to announce the creation of the Alli Gerkman Legal Visionary Award, made in honor of the late Alli Gerkman, who was a leader in national legal education and legal profession reform and at IAALS. We honor Alli and her work with this award—and those who follow in her footsteps.

The Alli Gerkman Legal Visionary Award recognizes an innovator who has made significant impacts early in his or her career toward making the American legal system work better for everyone who needs it and everyone who is a part of it. The purpose is to encourage and showcase innovators, risk-takers, visionaries, and emerging leaders who bring a different perspective and a reform-minded approach to the improvement of our legal system. 
Nominations for the award are open now through December 1. Click here for more information about the award, the selection process, and to submit a nomination.
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September 25: “Access to justice: California can learn from Arizona, Utah” in the Daily Journal

September 25: “Trump, Biden and the election” in the TLS

September 18: “IAALS seeks new CEO” on The Interdependent Third Branch

September 16: “Landmark Study to Improve the Bar Exam and Lawyer Licensing to be Released this Fall” in Yahoo! Finance

September 11: “Large survey launches in national study to assess justice needs of Americans” in the Norton Lakeshore Examiner

September 9: “Billions May Be on the Table if More States Change Ownership Rules. Will Florida Be Next?” in Daily Business Review

September 8: “IAALS Launches Nationwide Survey on People’s Everyday Justice Problems” in Law Week Colorado

September 2020: “Driving The Future of Digitized Law Through eDiscovery and Information Governance” in California Business Journal
Noteworthy
Unlocking Legal Regulation project resources and Knowledge Center included in the presentation materials for a Connecticut Bar Association webinar

Texas revised its civil rules, effective January 1, to include several Civil Justice Initiative recommendations, including required initial disclosures
October 20: 13th Annual Rebuilding Justice Award Celebration

October 27The Future of Legal Services: Reimagining Legal Services for All People—Lessons from Pioneers around the World
Donor Appreciation Event


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