After an exhaustive nationwide search, I’m pleased to announce that IAALS has named Professor David Yellen as its new chief executive officer beginning June 1. David joins IAALS following an impressive career as both a law school dean and college president, and his history of innovation, creativity, and service ultimately set him apart from hundreds of potential candidates.

As IAALS looks toward the future—and continually strives to figure out how to best tackle the barriers and inefficiencies that are effectively denying Americans real access to the legal system—I have no doubt that David is the best person to lead us into this next chapter. IAALS is better equipped than ever before to restore fairness, function, and the public’s faith in our justice system. We look forward to officially welcoming David into the IAALS family soon!


Sam Walker, Interim Executive Director
February 2021

Be sure to read all of the news from IAALS on our blog
February 17: Pandemic Positives: Leveraging Partnerships While Transitioning to Remote Legal Services. Jonathan Pyle of Philadelphia Legal Assistance and Leanne Yoder of the Arizona Superior Court in Pima County will discuss how their respective organizations worked with others both internally and externally to alleviate many obstacles that come with reform.

March 2: Replay of the Future of Legal Services with William Henderson

March 4
: Replay of the Future of Legal Services with William Henderson

March 9: Replay of the Future of Legal Services with Rohan Pavuluri, Andrea S. Jarmon, and Andrew Arruda

March 10
: Replay of the Future of Legal Services with Rohan Pavuluri, Andrea S. Jarmon, and Andrew Arruda

March 11Pandemic Positives: How to Go Virtual Without Breaking the Budget. Carolyn Kim and Renato Izquieta of the Orange County Superior Court and Jeannie Sato of the Alaska Court System will discuss how their respective organizations were able to successfully transform their in-person legal services into virtual services amid the pandemic—without expending significant resources.

March 16: Replay of the Future of Legal Services: Reimagining Legal Services for All People—Lessons from Pioneers around the World

March 18
: Replay of the Future of Legal Services: Reimagining Legal Services for All People—Lessons from Pioneers around the World

March 23: Replay of the Future of Legal Services: Professional Regulation and Federalism—Let's Remove Access Barriers

March 24
: Replay of the Future of Legal Services: Professional Regulation and Federalism—Let's Remove Access Barriers

March 25Pandemic Positives: Balancing Remote Services with In-Person Needs. Presiding Judge Clemens Landau of the Salt Lake City Justice Court and Sheriece Perry of the Massachusetts Trial Courts Office of Court Management will discuss how their respective organizations were able to balance the necessity of remote services with their customers' in-person needs.

April 20–22: Unbundled Legal Services in the New Normal virtual conference
January 21: “Pandemic Spurs Innovation: Deschutes County Access to Justice Ahead of the Curve” in Cascade Business News

January 14: “Supreme Court Innovation Initiative adds Civil Litigation Taskforce” in the Indiana Lawyer

January 14: “ABA launches initiative to help measure effectiveness of regulatory reforms” in ABA Journal

January 12: “'A Dream Come True Instead of a Nightmare': Will the Bar Exam Revamp Go Far Enough?” on Law.com

January 7: “Missouri Commission on Civil Justice Reform recommends discovery reform, increasing access to remote proceedings for all” in the St. Louis Record

January 4: “Bar Tests Need ‘Lawyering Skills’ Focus, Examiner Group Says” in Bloomberg Law

January 4: “Bar Exam Overhaul Plans Go Public. So Long, MBE” on Law.com

January 2021: “New Pandemic Discovery Protocols for Business Interruption Insurance Litigation” in Colorado Lawyer
Noteworthy
Zack DeMeola discussed the ABA Center for Innovation’s new subcommittee on regulatory reform and legal innovation metrics in Harvard’s The Practice

Brittany Kauffman appeared on the NCSC's Tiny Chat concerning best practices in debt collection cases

IAALS’ Building a Better Bar report noted as an ADR Scholarship Project on Indisputably.org

IAALS’ Public Perspectives on Trust & Confidence in the Courts report cited on Court Leader

IAALS’ Eighteen Ways Courts Should Use Technology to Better Serve Their Customers report listed as a COVID-19 resource on SRLN’s website

Indiana Innovation Initiative task forces utilizing Civil Justice Initiative and Family Justice Initiative recommendations in their work, and their Technology Working Group benchmarking their services against IAALS' Eighteen Ways Courts Should Use Technology to Better Serve Their Customers


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