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Programs & Conferences
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Programs & Conferences

The Bolch Judicial Institute provides an array of unique educational opportunities for judges, academics, lawyers, and students, including certificate programs, conferences and symposia, workshops, and opportunities for judges to work in residence at Duke Law School. Listed below are current conferences and programs. Past conferences can be found on our archive page. For more information, contact us at bolchjudicialinstitute@law.duke.edu.


Distinguished Judge in Residence Program

The Bolch Judicial Institute’s Distinguished Judge in Residence brings outstanding jurists to visit Duke Law School to spend time with faculty and students and to pursue scholarly interests. These visits also offer the Duke Law community the rare opportunity to spend time with and learn from a distinguished judge.

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MDL iconMass-Tort MDL Certificate Program

This multiday course provides a unique opportunity to gain practical insight, network with key players, and develop the skills and knowledge needed to prepare for leadership roles in multidistrict litigation. 

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Informed Court iconThe Trauma-Informed Court

The Bolch Judicial Institute, in partnership with Chief Justice Paul Newby (N.C. Supreme Court) and the North Carolina Administrative Office of the Courts, is developing an educational program for judges and other court administrators on the effects of juvenile trauma. The first training program is expected to begin in 2021.

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The Francis McGovern Symposium on Civil Litigation

This annual symposium, held in honor of the late Duke Law Professor Francis McGovern, brings together judges, practitioners, and academics to discuss and advance topics related to Professor McGovern’s pioneering work in civil litigation, including multidistrict litigation, mass harms, mediation, legal strategy, settlement, special masters, and class actions. (Launching in 2021) 

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Judicial Administration Roundtable

This academic conference, led by Duke Law Professor Marin Levy, brings together top scholars to share works-in-progress on important questions of court design, procedure, and judicial decision-making. This program is by invitation only.

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Law and Technology for Judges

In partnership with the Federal Judicial Center, the Bolch Judicial Institute offers a three-day survey course geared toward helping federal judges understand and anticipate the ways in which cutting-edge technologies are currently affecting — and likely to affect — the legal world. Topics include artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, data privacy, technology and criminal justice issues, fintech, and blockchain, and examined the impact these topics and related technologies will have on the judiciary.

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Advanced e-Discovery Certificate Program

Produced in partnership with the Electronic Discovery Institute (EDI), this program includes an online series of courses taught by industry-leading experts and designed to offer students and developing professionals an opportunity to deepen their expertise, refine e-discovery and litigation skills, and connect with industry leaders. Students attend a culminating one-day seminar at Duke Law to earn the certificate. (Launching 2021)

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Lemkin Rule of Law GaurdianRaphael Lemkin Rule of Law Guardians

The Raphael Lemkin Rule of Law Guardian program honors remarkable individuals who have made significant contributions to guard and protect the rule of law around the world. As part of this series, live recorded events and personal interviews with the honorees remind us all of the power of an individual to make a difference.

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