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The Bolch-Duke Conference Guidelines and Best Practices

The Bolch Judicial Institute holds invitation only bench-bar-academy conferences with a wide range of prominent bench leaders, government officials, senior-level plaintiff and defense lawyers, technical experts, and academics to address emerging or pressing legal issues, providing them an opportunity to develop positions that can guide government policy-makers and decision-makers.   Following a conference, 20-30 judges and practitioners volunteer to prepare guidelines and best practices under the Institute’s auspices. Every draft is thoroughly vetted before it is issued for public comment for a six-week period. Then, following review of the public comments, the document is approved and issued.

Any work product or publication of an Institute-held conference may not necessarily reflect the official position of Duke Law School as an entity or of its faculty or of any other organization.  The Institute takes no institutional position on legal or other issues.  Every Institute publication stands on its own, and its value judged solely on the merits of its contents.





  • Guidelines and Best Practices Addressing Failure to Include Women, Diverse, and LGBT Lawyers in MDL and Class Action Leadership Positions
  • Guidelines and Best Practices Addressing Issues in Securities Class Action
  • Technology Assisted Review (TAR) EDRM/Duke Guidelines and TAR Protocol