The new Duke Judicature is on its way

Apr 30, 2015Latest News

Duke Law has put its stamp on Judicature magazine, and the first edition is in the mail to subscribers.

This edition of Judicature — Volume 99 Number 1 — includes articles by Judge Alex Kozinski of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit; Erwin Chemerinsky, dean of the University of California-Irvine School of Law; and several judges who are students in Duke Law’s Master’s of Judicial Studies program. Dean David F. Levi contributed an assessment of the “Grand Challenges” facing the legal profession and led a roundtable discussion on the topic with California Supreme Court Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye, Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice Nathan Hecht, and Chief Judge Robert Katzmann of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

“We’re launching with a bang,” said Levi. “I think the contents of this first edition underscore our commitment to producing a journal that is interesting, relevant, and top quality. It’s scholarly and also practical.

“We want the new Judicature to give judges a forum for sharing ideas on law reform, courtroom administration, case management, and other issues that affect their daily work,” Levi said. “If we do it right, the journal will be of tremendous interest to all law practitioners who are interested in the future of the judiciary and the ideas that are shaping the administration of justice.”

Judge Michael Daly Hawkins, senior judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, served as editor in chief for this first Duke edition of Judicature. The position will rotate among students in the Duke Law Master’s of Judicial Studies program. Other members of the class are serving as members of the editorial board.

“It was a pleasure to serve as editor in chief of the reborn Judicature,” said Hawkins. “It’s an honor to work with such distinguished contributors and to help shape a new future for a publication that has served the judiciary so well for nearly 100 years. I’m eager to be part of its continuing evolution.”

Now produced by the Duke Law Center for Judicial StudiesJudicature was published by the American Judicature Society for nearly 100 years before the society dissolved last year. In taking over the publication, Duke Law has committed to providing the journal free of charge to Article III judges, federal magistrate judges, and state supreme court justices. Other state and federal judges receive a discounted subscription rate, as do Duke Law alumni who subscribe using the coupon code DUKEALUM.

Judicature is a unique opportunity for Duke Law and the Center for Judicial Studies to provide a valuable source of information, community, and education to the judiciary and the profession as a whole,” said Levi. “It’s also a wonderful way for Duke to build relationships with the judiciary and to strengthen its role as a leader in bringing the bar, bench, and academy together to improve the administration of justice. I hope our alumni will support the journal by subscribing, by becoming sponsors, and by sharing the publication with their colleagues.”

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