Alli Gerkman is Director of Educating Tomorrow’s Lawyers, based at the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System at the University of Denver. Educating Tomorrow’s Lawyer’s is a national initiative to align legal education with the needs of an evolving profession. She became Director of the initiative in 2013, and has been part of its team since its launch in 2011.
She leads all major projects of Educating Tomorrow’s Lawyers, including Foundations for Practice, which is identifying the foundations entry-level lawyers need to practice and steering legal education toward that end; By the Numbers, which seeks to give prospective students better information about where and whether to go to law school so they can be more engaged with their decision and its outcomes; and Law School Curriculum, which supports the work of forward-thinking legal educators and law schools, encourages collaboration among educators and the profession, and promotes measurement of program outcomes.
Prior to joining IAALS, she spent five years in continuing legal education, first developing programs for a national provider and then developing the online offerings at the Colorado Bar Association CLE. While at CBA-CLE, she developed an online legal resource that was the recipient of the Association of Continuing Legal Education’s 2011 Award of Professional Excellence for use of technology in education. Prior to her work in continuing legal education, she was in private practice.
Gerkman is a commissioner of the Colorado Chief Justice’s Commission on Professional Development; a member of the Limited License Legal Technicians Subcommittee of the Colorado Supreme Court Advisory Committee; a member of Colorado’s Mandatory Continuing Legal and Judicial Education Rules Committee; a member of the Colorado Bar Association Board of Governors; a board member of the Colorado Women’s Bar Association; a member of the National Advisory Council for Law School Transparency; and a member of the Editorial Review Board for Touro Law Center’s Journal of Experiential Learning. She is also a fellow of the American and Colorado Bar Foundations and a member of the Colorado Women’s Bar Foundation Circle of Minerva.
She received her J.D. from DePaul University College of Law and her B.A. from James Madison College at Michigan State University, where she majored in Political Theory & Constitutional Democracy.