The Global Voice of the SRL: IAALS

The Global Voice of the SRL: IAALS

NSRLP is partnering with IAALS (the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System, based at the University of Denver: see www.iaals.org) to replicate the original Canadian study methodology in three US states. The IAALS study will focus on the experiences of family litigants who are representing themselves.

There is great interest among US policymakers, law associations and reform bodies in gathering the in-depth data the National SRL study obtained directly from individuals representing themselves in family and civil court. There has been no qualitative study of SRL experiences in the US and our National SRL study has drawn much attention south of the border.

Three states will be selected to participate in the new US study that represent a range of variables including the current provision of services for SRLs, how judges are chosen, and differences in family laws. IAALS hopes to commence their study in 2014.

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  • Kari Boyle

    This is just great news Julie! The IAALS is doing exciting things, including their Honouring Families Initiative which is testing what I believe to be a very promising multi-disciplinary triage model for families experiencing separation and divorce. Good luck on this! Kari

    May 21, 2014 at 12:37 am

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