Michael Houlberg

Michael Houlberg

Michael Houlberg is the director of special projects at the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System (IAALS) at the University of Denver. He focuses on family justice and regulatory reform work and promoting greater accessibility, efficiency, and fairness to everyone involved in the legal system. Houlberg leads the program’s Allied Legal Professionals project, works on unbundled legal services, and IAALS’ partnership on the Cady Initiative for Family Justice Reform.

Houlberg joined IAALS in 2018 after working for both private and nonprofit organizations. He started his legal career working with Towards Justice, a Colorado nonprofit organization that fights for workers who have experienced wage theft. Houlberg then transitioned to workers’ compensation defense with Pollart Miller, LLC, where he litigated claims on behalf of employers and insurance companies. Houlberg later joined the National Center for State Courts and worked on projects that involved the implementation of a statewide case management system and the creation of a juvenile court specifically tailored to youth involved in gun violence. Houlberg also volunteers as a court appointed special advocate (CASA) which involves advocating for the safety and well-being of children who have been removed from their homes due to abuse and neglect.

Houlberg graduated from the University of San Diego School of Law in 2015. He received his bachelor of science in psychology from Brigham Young University and is a member of Psi Chi, the International honor society of psychology.

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Guest Appearances
March 28, 2023

New Report Examines Non-Lawyer Legal Service Provider Programs in the U.S.

Experts from the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System (IAALS) discuss how and why states are using non-lawyer legal service providers on the latest episode of LSC’s “Talk Justice”...

March 16, 2023

How Paralegals Can Fill Legal System Gaps, A Panel Discussion

Our justice system is changing as demand for access to court services grows. Are specially trained paralegal professionals the answer? Across the country, states are looking for ways to grant special licenses...