Chief Judge Debra Ann Livingston to serve as Distinguished Judge in Residence

Oct 18, 2023Latest News

Chief Judge Livingston

Chief Judge Debra Ann Livingston of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit will visit Duke Law in October 2023 as part of the Bolch Judicial Institute of Duke Law’s Distinguished Judge in Residence program.

As part of her residency, Chief Judge Livingston will join a class taught by Professor Marin K. Levy, visit with Duke Law students for an informal meet-and-greettalk with Professors Brandon Garrett and Don Beskind on emerging issues in evidence, and join Professor Paul W. Grimm, director of the Bolch Judicial Institute, for a lunch-hour conversation about her career and time on the bench.

“It is an honor to welcome Chief Judge Livingston to Duke Law as our Distinguished Judge in Residence this semester,” said Grimm. “She has led a remarkable career as both a jurist and legal scholar. Having served as an active professor at Columbia Law School and a leading expert on criminal procedure, she brings unique experiences and perspectives that our students and faculty will certainly benefit from. We are very much looking forward to engaging with her during her residency and are so grateful to her for making time to visit Duke.”

Judge Livingston was appointed and confirmed to the Second Circuit in 2007 and became chief judge in 2020. She began her career as an associate with the New York law firm Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison in 1985 and then served as Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York from 1986 to 1991.

In 1992, she elected to pursue an academic career and taught at the University of Michigan’s Law School and then at Columbia Law School, where she still teaches today. She is a co-author of the casebook Comprehensive Criminal Procedure and has published numerous academic articles on legal topics. She has taught courses in evidence, criminal law and procedure, and national security and terrorism. She received her B.A. from Princeton University and her J.D. from Harvard Law SchoolClick here to read Chief Judge Livingston’s full bio on the Second Circuit’s website.

The Bolch Judicial Institute’s Distinguished Judge in Residence program brings outstanding judges to Duke Law School to interact with students and faculty. Learn more about the program and past visiting judges on our website.