Bolch Judicial Institute
Bolch Judicial Institute
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The Judicial Studies program is taught largely by Duke Law’s renowned faculty. Most of the courses will be taught by two or more professors in order to provide a broad perspective and expertise on a variety of skills and subjects. The seminar courses feature visiting scholars from around the country.

Following are faculty who have taught in past sessions.

Judge Edward Carnes
U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit

Teaching: Judicial Writing

James Coleman, Jr.
John S. Bradway Professor of Law, Co-director Wrongful Convictions Clinic, Co-director Appellate Litigation Clinic

Teaching: Juries and Wrongful Convictions

Mitu Gulati
Professor of Law

Teaching: Research Design

Professor Gulati’s current research focuses on the evolution of contract language, the history of international financial law and the measurement of judicial behavior. His recent work on the judiciary has explored, among other topics, the benefits and costs of lifetime tenure for judges; the role of gender in judicial decision-making and performance; and the efficacy of various models for measuring judicial ability. A lead convener of the Duke Law 2009 conference on measuring judges and justice, Professor Gulati is among the nation’s most creative thinkers in the field of judicial studies ⎯ even as he has become a leading scholars on the subject of sovereign debt and the economic crisis. Prior to joining Duke Law in 2006, he was a professor at Georgetown Law Center and the University of California-Los Angeles; he also was an associate with the law firm of Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton. He holds a JD from Harvard Law School.

Jack Knight
Frederic Cleaveland Professor of Law and Political Science

Teaching: Research Design

A renowned political scientist and legal theorist, Professor Knight’s scholarly work focuses on modern social and political theory, law and legal theory, and political economy. He studies, among other things, the motivations and decisions of judges, the effects of extensive prior judicial experience as a prerequisite for service on the U.S. Supreme Court, and other aspects of how courts make decisions and how judges choose their positions in opinions. His book The Choices Justices Make(coauthored by Lee Epstein) (Congressional Quarterly Press, 1997) won the American Political Science Association’s C. Herman Prichett Award for the best book published on law and courts. Prior to joining Duke in 2008, he was the Sidney W. Souers Professor of Government at Washington University of St. Louis. In addition to his JD (University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill), he holds an MA and a PhD in political science from the University of Chicago.

David F. Levi
Dean and Professor of Law, Duke University

Teaching: Judges’ Seminar

Dean Levi joined Duke Law School in 2007. Prior to his appointment as dean, he was the Chief United States District Judge for the Eastern District of California with chambers in Sacramento. His scholarship and teaching focus on judicial behavior and ethics. As dean, he has expanded opportunities for Duke Law students to develop lawyering skills and to prepare for leadership roles in the legal profession and beyond, and he has developed programs that bring legal scholars and practitioners together to explore problems facing the profession. He has served as chair of two Judicial Conference committees by appointment of the Chief Justice: He was chair of the Civil Rules Advisory Committee from 2000 to 2003 and chair of the Standing Committee on the Rules of Practice and Procedure from 2003 to 2007 (he is now serving a term as a member of that committee). He has served as an advisor to the ALI’s Federal Judicial Code Revision Project, president of the Ninth Circuit District Judges Association, and chair of the Ninth Circuit Task Force on Race, Religious and Ethnic Fairness, and he currently serves as an advisor to the Aggregate Litigation project. He is a member of the Council of the American Law Institute (ALI), the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the board of directors of Equal Justice Works. He was a law clerk to Judge Ben C. Duniway of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and to Justice Lewis F. Powell, Jr., of the U.S. Supreme Court. He holds a JD from Stanford Law School.

Francis McGovern
Professor of Law

Teaching: Judges’ Seminar

Professor McGovern is a leading practitioner, scholar, and teacher in the field of alternative dispute resolution who has spoken and taught around the world on a range of topics related to ADR. As a court-appointed special master or neutral expert, he has developed solutions in most of the significant mass claim litigation in the U.S., including the DDT toxic exposure litigation in Alabama, the Dalkon-Shield controversy, and silicone gel breast implant litigation. As a case manager, he organizes the pretrial administration of a case, and uses ADR techniques to help the parties agree on efficient discovery approaches and schedules. The co-author of two published books, Successful Litigation Techniques and The Preparation of a Product Liability Case, and two books in progress, Toxic Substances Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution, Professor McGovern developed the seminal concept of “maturity” in mass torts ⎯ a concept generally accepted as critical in analysis of mass torts.

Ralf Michaels
Arthur Larson Professor of Law
Teaching: International Law in U.S. Courts

Theresa Newman
Clinical Professor of Law

Teaching: Juries and Wrongful Convictions

Arti Rai
Elvin R. Latty Professor of Law

Teaching: Administrative Law and the Courts

Barack Richman
Professor of Law

Teaching: Institutional Design

Judge Lee H. Rosenthal
U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas
Teaching: Judges’ Seminar

Judge Rosenthal was appointed a U.S. District Court Judge for the Southern District of Texas, Houston Division, in 1992. She previously was a partner at Baker & Botts in Houston, where she tried civil cases and handled appeals in the state and federal courts. She has served as a member and chair of the Judicial Conference Advisory Committee on Civil Rules and is now completing an extended term as chair of the Judicial Conference Committee on the Rules of Practice and Procedure. She is a member of the American Law Institute, where she serves as an advisor for the Employment Law project and the Aggregate Litigation project. She has taught, written, and lectured extensively, concentrating on topics in complex litigation and civil procedure, including class actions and electronic discovery. Judge Rosenthal received her undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Chicago and served as law clerk to Chief Judge John R. Brown of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

The Honorable Antonin Scalia
Associate Justice, United States Supreme Court

Teaching: Judicial Writing

Scott Silliman
Professor of the Practice of Law and Director Emeritus, Center on Law, Ethics and National Security

Teaching: National Security and Foreign Relations Law

Neil Vidmar
Russell M. Robinson II Professor of Law and Professor of Psychology

Teaching: Juries and Wrongful Convictions

Professor Vidmar’s scholarly research involves the empirical study of law across a broad spectrum of topics in civil and criminal law. A social psychologist by training, he is a leading expert on jury behavior and outcomes and has extensively studied medical malpractice litigation, punitive damages, dispute resolution, and the social psychology of retribution and revenge. He regularly teaches courses and seminars on social science evidence in law, negotiation, medical malpractice litigation, the American jury, and ethics. He holds a cross-appointment with the Department of Psychology at Duke University. He holds an MA and PhD in social psychology from the University of Illinois, Urbana, is a fellow of the Association for Psychological Science, and is a member of the Law and Society Association, the American Psychology-Law Society, and the Society for Empirical Legal Studies.

Ernest A. Young
Alston & Bird Professor of Law

Teaching: National Security and Foreign Relations Law

Professor Young is one of the nation’s leading authorities on the constitutional law of federalism. He has written extensively on the Rehnquist Court’s “Federalist Revival” and the difficulties confronting courts as they seek to draw lines between national and state authority. He also is an active commentator on foreign relations law, where he focuses on the interaction between domestic and supranational courts and the application of international law by domestic courts. Prior to joining Duke Law in 2008, he was the Charles Alan Wright Chair in Federal Courts at the University of Texas at Austin School of Law. He served as a law clerk to Judge Michael Boudin of the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and to Justice David Souter of the U.S. Supreme Court and practiced law at Cohan, Simpson, Cowlishaw, & Wulff in Dallas, Texas and Covington & Burling in Washington, D.C., where he specialized in appellate litigation. He is a member of the American Law Institute. He earned his JD at Harvard Law School.