My first month at IAALS has been both productive and inspiring: meeting with partners, brainstorming with staff, and evaluating where IAALS’ unique blend of empirical research and extensive collaboration is most needed to affect positive change. Officially taking the reins of this extraordinary organization has made me more excited than ever about our current slate of projects, including the groundbreaking US Justice Needs project, which is nearing completion. The results of this study will equip courts, researchers, and other justice system stakeholders with invaluable data on the justice needs of all Americans.

I’m also pleased to share that IAALS will resume our Rebuilding Justice Award Dinner in person again this year, slated for October 14. More details will be shared soon, and we look forward to seeing you all in Denver.

David Yellen, CEO
July 2021
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On Thursday, October 14, 2021, IAALS will host our annual Rebuilding Justice Award Dinner, which recognizes individuals who exemplify the spirit of innovation and leadership that we champion across all of our work toward building a legal system that is accessible, fair, reliable, efficient, and accountable. We are pleased to announce this event will be held in person.

More information and registration coming soon.

Speaking Engagements
Michael Houlberg and Brittany Kauffman will speak at the National Association for Court Management 2021 Annual Conference on July 12 and 13, respectively. 

Michael Houlberg will speak at the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges’ 84th Annual Conference on July 20. 

Zack DeMeola will speak on a panel, "Setting the Standards: How to Measure Your Bar’s Success," at the 2021 National Conference of Bar Presidents’ Virtual Annual Meeting on August 2. 

June 30: "Oregon Becomes First State to Weigh Permanent Bar Exam Alternatives Following Pandemic Upheaval" on

June 29
: "
Florida Joins States in Testing Law Firm Ownership Models" in Bloomberg Law

June 29
: "
Family Law Taskforce Shares Innovative Recommendations" in Indiana Court Times

June 24
: "
Racial Disparities on the Bar Exam Have Persisted for Decades. Does the Legal Profession Care?" on

June 22: "America Needs a 'Lawyers Justice Corps': Paper" in the Crime Report

June 17: "Top 10: Write to the medium, be proactive, think strategically" on LexBlog

June 15
: "Conn. Judges Praise Design Thinking For Future Of Law" on Law360 Pulse

June 14: "Task Force: New York Should Develop Its Own Bar Exam" on

June 14: "State Bar Says NY Should Create Its Own Admission Test" on Law360

June 14: "Top jurists favor changes to model legal rules" on the ABA website
IAALS' Building a Better Bar cited in the Oregon State Board of Bar Examiners' Alternatives to the Bar Exam Task Force Report 

IAALS' Building a Better Bar cited in the Third Report and Recommendations of the Task Force on the New York Bar Examination

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