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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