As the end of 2020 approaches, IAALS remains committed to providing real solutions to the challenges people face on the road to justice, including systemic challenges due to racial bias and new challenges we face due to COVID-19. This year has been a tough one for all of us, but we are proud to still have accomplished so much. Together, we:
  • Convened hundreds to discuss and strategize ways to expand the accessibility of legal services 
  • Created discovery protocols to help businesses and insurance companies more quickly settle pandemic-related claims
  • Launched the largest-ever survey of its kind to explore justice needs in the U.S.
  • Published recommendations for reforming the bar exam and reframing how we license lawyers
We couldn’t do our work—especially now—without the tireless support of our partners, colleagues, and friends. All of us here at IAALS hope you have a restorative holiday season, and we’ll see you in the new year.

Sam Walker, Interim Executive Director
December 2020
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Since 2006, IAALS has been bringing together viewpoints on all sides to develop new projects informed by research and, most importantly, successfully tackling issues that mean the most to the most people.

Simply put, IAALS is helping close the access to justice gap faced by a majority of Americans—a problem that urgently needs your support, now more than ever.

Please consider making a donation before the end of the year. As an independent, nonpartisan, nonpolitical nonprofit, IAALS relies on the support of those who share our vision for a more equitable, accessible justice system for all.
November 30: "Could We Create a New Bar Exam?" in Best Practices for Legal Education

November 30: "Legal Literacy’s Impact on Access to Justice" in Law Week Colorado

November 25: "What Would Be Better Than The Bar Exam?" in Above the Law

November 24
: “Florida Reports Lower First-Time Bar Pass Rate in Chaotic Year” in Bloomberg Law

November 23: “N.Y., Others Mull Moves to Allow Companies to Co-Own Law Firms” in Bloomberg Law

November 20: “New Award Recognizes Innovation in the Law” on the Tennessee Bar Association’s blog

November 18: “IAALS Report Reimagines a ‘Better Bar Exam’” in Law Week Colorado

November 13: “Arizona and Utah Jumpstart Legal Regulatory Reform” in Law Practice Today

November 10: “A Message for Law Students to Prepare Themselves for Legal Practice” on the Indisputably blog

November 9: “Measuring minimum competence: 12 key elements to improving bar admission” on the ABA for Law Students website

November 4: “Study Finds that Law Schools Fail to Prepare Students to Work with Clients and Negotiate” on the Indisputably blog

November 2: “Important New Report on Essential Lawyering Skills” in Best Practices for Legal Education

November 2020: “Dispositive Motions Practice in Colorado” in Colorado Lawyer
Join IAALS and the Sturm College of Law on December 9 from 10–11 a.m. MST for a virtual talk with Dan Rodriguez, former dean of Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law, on why our balkanized system of professional regulation makes it much more difficult to meet the demand for legal services, and how states can join together and offer more legal services to those in need without opening up the public to the risk of harm.

Free registration is now open.

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