Since last summer, I’ve had the privilege of leading IAALS while chairing a national search for its next leader. David Yellen will step into the role of CEO on June 1, and I am more excited than ever for IAALS’ future.

As IAALS enters its next chapter under David’s leadership, my colleagues are tasked with not only improving our justice system, but addressing the most pressing issues of our time—the COVID-19 pandemic, overdue recognition of racial injustice, and bolstering the rule of law. Events over the last year have shaken all of us. However, IAALS is uniquely positioned to champion the innovative approaches, open dialogue, and data-driven solutions that we so desperately need.

It’s been an honor to serve as interim executive director these past nine months. We’ve accomplished much together, and IAALS commits to doing the hard work ahead.


Sam Walker, Interim Executive Director

May 2021

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Across the country, more and more jurisdictions are reimagining how to deliver and regulate legal services. Many stakeholders in the justice system—including lawyers, other legal service providers, judges, legal educators, law students, and the public—are curious about these innovations and want more information about how they work and how they open new avenues for more people to access legal help. 

This year, IAALS, the ABA Center for Innovation, the ABA Center for Professional Responsibility, the ABA Standing Committee on the Delivery of Legal Services, and Legal Hackers are hosting a quarterly speaker series, Redesigning Legal, to provide a forum to learn about and discuss the regulatory changes underway, the challenges they face, and the opportunities they provide. Industry leaders and experts will offer a variety of perspectives and break down common assumptions and misunderstandings, as well as provide information on the nature and scope of the access to justice crisis and barriers to sustainable legal access.

Please save the date for the first session, “Leading from the Bench—Expanding Access through Regulatory Innovation,” on June 9 from 11 a.m.–12 p.m. MDT. The panel, moderated by IAALS’ founding executive director and former Colorado Supreme Court Justice Rebecca Love Kourlis, will feature Justice Ann Timmer of Arizona, Chief Justice Bridget McCormack of Michigan, Chief Justice Nathan Hecht of Texas, and Chief Justice Matthew Durrant of Utah.

More details and registration coming soon. 
Speaking Engagements
Brittany Kauffman presenting on US Justice Needs to the Colorado Access to Justice Commission on May 15
April 27: "Unbundled law firms find success offering virtual legal services" in ABA Journal

April 20
: "
IAALS Guides To Data-Driven Legal Education And Law Firm Hiring" on TaxProf Blog

April 16: "Data-Driven Legal Education and Legal Hiring" in Above the Law

April 1: "COVID-19 Blew Up the Bar Exam. Even Bigger Changes Are Coming." in the National Law Journal
Noteworthy
IAALS’ blog post pertaining to Utah’s regulatory sandbox cited in the Law Society of Ontario’s Report on Regulatory Sandbox for Innovative Technological Legal Services


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