About the Center

About the Center

The Duke Law Center for Judicial Studies works to advance the study of the judiciary through interdisciplinary scholarship and cooperative thinking from multiple perspectives. By bringing together judges, researchers, teachers, and theorists, the Center for Judicial Studies fosters an interdisciplinary exploration of the judicial process in order to help both judges and scholars better understand the judicial process and to generate ideas for how it might be improved.

Center Leadership

Jack Knight is academic co-director of the Center for Judicial Studies and the Frederic Cleaveland Professor of Law and Political Science at Duke University. A renowned political scientist and legal theorist, he focuses his scholarship on modern social and political theory, law and legal theory, and political economy. He holds a joint appointment with Duke Law School and Duke’s Trinity College of Arts and Sciences, where he teaches in the Politics, Philosophy and Economics Program. At the Law School, he teaches courses on social scientific approaches to law and courts, as well as courses on the political economy of social institutions.

Mitu Gulati is academic co-director of the Center for Judicial Studies and a professor of law at Duke University. His research interests are currently in the historic evolution of concepts of sovereign immunity and the role that law can play as a symbol. He has authored articles in the Journal of Legal Studies, the Review of Finance and Law and Social Inquiry.

John K. Rabiej is the director of the Duke Law Center for Judicial Studies. He joined Duke Law in early 2011 after serving as the Executive Director/Director of Judicial Outreach for The Sedona Conference since 2010. Previously, he was the chief of the Rules Committee Support Office for 20 years, heading the office that staffed the six rules committees of the United States Judicial Conference. He has written extensively on ediscovery, including chapter 37A of Moore’s Federal Practice; chapters in Weinstein’s Federal Evidence Manual; co-authoring with Judge Lee Rosenthal and Dean David Levi on Federal Civil Procedure Manual, Juris Publisher (2014); and co-authoring with Judge Alex Kozinski on Federal Appellate Procedure Manual, Juris Publisher (2014). Rabiej has written more than 20 articles on ediscovery, which are published in the LexisNexis Emerging Issues series of expert commentaries, and numerous articles on rules-related issues, including the meaning and purposes of rule amendments. He was elected to the American Law Institute in 2005.

Center Board

Honorable John R. Tunheim
United States District Court
District of Minnesota

Honorable John W. Lungstrum
United States District Court
District of Kansas

Honorable Lee H. Rosenthal
United States District Court
Southern District of Texas

Honorable Carolyn Kuhl
Superior Court of California
County of Los Angeles