The Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System at the University of Denver announced yesterday that former Colorado Supreme Court Justice Rebecca Love Kourlis will retire from the role of executive director in September after spending 13 years with the organization.
The chancellor of the University of Denver, Rebecca Chopp, and the executive committee of IAALS have opted to fill the role with Scott Bales, who recently announced he will step down as chief justice of the Arizona Supreme Court.
Bales’ has spent his career in efforts to improve and reform the courts, the legal profession and the judiciary.
“Because of Becky’s single-minded commitment to rebuilding justice in our country, IAALS has already made an indelible mark on the way the system must change. Her leadership on this work, so critical to our democracy, has made real change today and illuminated the path forward,” said retired Arizona Supreme Court Chief Justice Ruth McGregor, who serves on the IAALS board and chaired the committee tasked with finding Kourlis’ replacement. “We were fortunate to find someone in Scott ready to lead IAALS into the future with the same unwavering commitment and overwhelming experience.”
Kourlis will officially leave her role as executive director on Sept. 15, and Bales will assume leadership at that time.
“Building IAALS has been the most rewarding professional pursuit of my career,” Kourlis said in a press release. “We have spanned ideological divides, brought together diverse and divergent participants, used empirical data rather than conjecture, and formulated real solutions to real problems within the American Legal System. Our partners are wonderful people across the country who hold dear our system of justice and who are committed to excellence within that system.”