The Judge William H. Pauley III Judicial Excellence Fund

Jul 21, 2021Latest News

Bolch Judicial Institute | Duke Law School

In recognition of Judge William H. Pauley’s dedicated public service as a judge as well as his devotion to Duke, friends and colleagues have established the Judge William H. Pauley III Judicial Excellence Fund at Duke Law School. The endowed fund will support the Bolch Judicial Institute at Duke Law, which studies and advances rule-of-law principles, judicial independence, and law reform through technology and innovation. Judge Pauley had been involved in the Institute since its initial inception as the Center for Judicial Studies in 2011 and was a regular participant in programs and events.

The fund was established with gifts from David F. Levi, director of the Bolch Judicial Institute; Peter Kahn (Duke Law JD’76), a partner at Williams & Connolly and chair of the Bolch Judicial Institute’s Advisory BoardDavid W. Ichel (Duke Law JD’78), a mediator and arbitrator who has served as chair of Duke Law’s BOV and now chairs the Bolch Judicial Institute’s Leadership Council, and John Hardiman (Duke Law JD’82), a partner at Sullivan & Cromwell and member of Duke Law’s Board of Visitors. Additional contributions to the memorial endowment may be made via Duke’s secure giving site or by contacting Sondra Haithcock in the Duke Law Alumni & Development Office at 919-613-7017 or

In addition, the Pauley family has designated The Harmony Program as a charity to which gifts may be made in Judge Pauley’s honor. The Harmony Program provides after-school music education programs in underserved communities across New York City.

Read more about Judge Pauley’s life and legacy here.