Alli Gerkman is Senior Director at IAALS, where she leads the organization’s work to improve delivery of legal services, including work in legal education and the legal profession. She directed one of IAALS’ cornerstone projects to identify the key foundations entry-level lawyers need to be effective as employees in their organizations and as counsel to their clients. This work is being used by law schools, law firms, and bar associations across the country, and it laid the groundwork for IAALS’ latest projects on licensing and regulation. In 2017, Gerkman was awarded the Colorado Women’s Bar Foundation Raising the Bar Award for her contributions to systemic improvements in legal education and the legal system; in 2018, she was honored as one of Denver’s 40 Under 40; and in 2019, she is the recipient of the Colorado Women’s Bar Association’s highest honor, the Mary Lathrop Trailblazer Award.
In her spare time, she slays monsters. In 2015, at the age of 36, she was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive form of cancer. In just three-and-a-half years, she has been through 27 days of chemotherapy, 51 days of radiation, and countless days of emerging treatments, including molecular and immunotherapy. She has had multiple surgeries, including a bilateral mastectomy. Her most memorable side effect was a punctured lung caused by a biopsy needle. Her most memorable cancer symptom was when a tumor fractured her lumbar spine. Sometimes she slays the monsters and sometimes they slay her.