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Rebecca Love Kourlis, Executive Director,

Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System

Rebecca Love Kourlis served Colorado’s courts for nearly two decades—first as a trial court judge and then as a Justice of the Colorado Supreme Court. In January 2006, she established the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System (IAALS) at the University of Denver, where she is executive director.

IAALS is a national, non-partisan organization dedicated to improving the process and culture of the American civil justice system. The Institute conducts research and develops policy recommendations in the areas of civil justice reform, civil case management, judicial selection and judicial performance evaluation.

Most recently, the Institute announced the formation of the O’Connor Judicial Selection Initiative, in order to provide states with an interest in moving from direct election of judges to a commission-based system, with the tools to achieve this goal.

Justice Kourlis holds B.A. and J.D. degrees from Stanford University.

Downloads Available from IAALS:

Civil Caseflow Management Guidelines

21st Century Civil Justice Measures of Performance

General Counsel Survey

A Roadmap for Reform: Pilot Project Rules

Principles Only (Word document)


Rebecca Love Kourlis


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