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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 undertakes research and policy recommendations in the areas of civil justice reform, civil case management, judicial selection, judicial performance evaluation, judicial independence and domestic relations, and has published several reports on these issues.

Recently, the Institute launched its most ambitious project to date—the IAALS Civil Litigation Reform Project. This comprehensive research initiative is investigating the problems that cause delay and impact affordability of our civil justice system.

IAALS received the U.S. Chamber of Commerce 2007 Legal Reform Organization of the Year award and Justice Kourlis has received numerous individual honors, including the Regis University 2008 Civis Princeps Award and the Colorado Judicial Institute 2006 Judicial Independence Award. She holds B.A. and J.D. from Stanford University.

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