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Best Practices, Guidelines, and Other Papers Arising from The Duke Conference

The Center for Judicial Studies holds bench-bar-academy conferences, inviting 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, the Center may select individuals to prepare under its leadership best practices,  guidelines, or other written guidance.  Any work product or publication of a Center-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 Center takes no institutional position on legal or other issues.  Every Center publication stands on its own, and its value judged solely on the merits of its contents.

The Duke Conference Publications



  • Revised Guidelines and Practices for Implementing the 2015 Discovery Amendments to Achieve Proportionality (Annotated Version – February, 2018) – PDF Format and Word Format.
  • Explanatory Note
  • Related Documents



  • Guidelines and Best Practices Implementing 2018 Amendments to Rule 23 – Class Action Settlement Provision
  • Standards and Best Practices for Increasing Diversity in MDL and Class Action Leadership Positions
  • Guidelines and Best Practices Addressing Issues in Securities Class Action

Other Publications

The Storied Third Branch: Rich Tradition of Honorable Service Seen through Eyes of Judges

George C. Hanks, Jr., Appendix to Searching From Within:  The Role of Magistrate Judges in Federal Multi-District Litigation