Dean David F. Levi has been appointed by Chief Justice John G. Roberts to serve on the United States Judicial Conference Standing Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure. Levi was chair of the committee from 2003 to 2007; his new term will expire in 2012.
The Standing Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure was established by the Rules Enabling Act. The Standing Committee is responsible for reviewing all proposed rules changes from the five advisory committees on the civil, criminal, appellate, bankruptcy, and evidence rules. Learn more about the federal rulemaking process here.
Levi became dean of Duke Law in 2007, after serving 17 years as a federal judge, first as a United States District Judge of the Eastern District of California, later as Chief Judge of that district. He had previously served as a United States Attorney.
Long recognized as a leader in legal reform, Levi has served as chair of two Judicial Conference committees: the Civil Rules Advisory Committee and the Standing Committee on the Rules of Practice and Procedure. He was president of the Ninth Circuit District Judges Association and chair of the Ninth Circuit Task Force on Race, Religious and Ethnic Fairness.
Levi is a member of the Council of the American Law Institute and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.