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John Paul Stevens Interview

A conversation with Justice John Paul Stevens

Posted on July 23, 2019

The late Supreme Court Associate Justice John Paul Stevens shared stories and insights from his 40-year career on the bench with Dean David F. Levi, now director of the Bolch Judicial Institute, during a visit to Duke Law School on May 12, 2012. Justice Stevens was appointed to the Supreme Court in 1975 by President Continue Reading »

Summer 2019 Newsletter

Read the Summer 2019 Newsletter

Posted on July 15, 2019

Our summer 2019 newsletter is here! See what’s happening at the Bolch Judicial Institute, and click subscribe below to receive future updates.       

Discovery-Proportionality Conference considers revisions to 2015 Guidelines

Posted on June 27, 2019

The Bolch Judicial Institute held a conference in Washington, D.C., on June 20-21, 2019, to evaluate the 2015 Rule 26 Discovery-Proportionality amendments and progress toward implementing changes laid out in the amendments. Over 130 participants, including lawyers, academics, and 11 federal judges, attended and participated in discussions about how the amendments have affected litigation.  In Continue Reading »

Master of Judicial Studies class finishes second semester at Duke Law School

Posted on June 26, 2019

The Master of Judicial Studies class of 2020 finished their second semester at Duke Law School, marking the completion of the coursework component of the LLM degree. The class of 21 judges spent four weeks in residence at Duke from late May to early June, taking advanced courses on the judiciary and judicial institutions taught Continue Reading »

David F. Levi in Visionaries Documentary

Director David F. Levi appears in PBS documentary

Posted on June 26, 2019

 The American Law Institute (ALI) was selected and profiled for Visionaries, a documentary series that highlights the stories of nonprofit organizations working to make a positive difference in their communities and around the world. David F. Levi, president of the ALI and director of the Bolch Judicial Institute, describes the ALI’s unique ability to Continue Reading »

Duke Law students with Justice Alito and Professor Levi.

Learning from the Best: Duke Law Students Excel in Constitutional Law Seminar with Justice Alito and Professor Levi

Posted on June 20, 2019

Discussing constitutional law with a Supreme Court justice is a law student’s dream — and for some lucky third-year Duke Law students, that dream was their spring break reality. From March 11 to 15 this year, 15 students learned from the best: Justice Samuel A. Alito, Jr. and Professor David F. Levi, former dean of Continue Reading »

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LLM thesis papers give Duke Law journal a view from inside the judiciary

Posted on June 5, 2019

Duke’s oldest law journal, Law & Contemporary Problems, has published several thesis papers written by judges who are graduates of the Bolch Judicial Institute’s Master of Judicial Studies program. The papers comprise a special edition of the journal titled The Study of Judicial Institutions: A View from the Inside (Vol. 82 No. 2), and journal Continue Reading »

Federal judges attend law and technology course at Duke University

Posted on June 4, 2019

Nearly 50 federal judges from across the country attended a survey course geared toward helping judges understand and anticipate the ways in which cutting-edge technologies are currently affecting — and likely to affect — the legal world. The program, “Law and Technology for Judges,” was co-hosted by the Bolch Judicial Institute and the Federal Judicial Continue Reading »

EDRM’s Spring 2019 Workshop/Forum examines challenging issues of e-discovery and technology

Posted on May 21, 2019

The spring 2019 EDRM workshop/forum, held at Duke University Law School on May 15-17, 2019, examined issues and challenges involving e-discovery and technology, including GDPR compliance, TAR guidelines, and proportionality. Over the course of the workshop, 54 participants worked in small groups on eight different EDRM projects. According to EDRM’s director Jim Waldron, the workshop’s Continue Reading »

Judge Allyson Duncan offers wise counsel to Duke Law Class of 2019

Posted on May 16, 2019

Judge Allyson Duncan of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit spoke was the commencement speaker for the Duke Law Class of 2019. A member of the Bolch Judicial Institute Advisory Board, Duncan is a 1975 Duke Law graduate and a Duke University trustee. She shared lessons learned from her remarkable career as Continue Reading »

Justice Kennedy receives inaugural Bolch Prize for the Rule of Law

Posted on May 1, 2019

Retired United States Supreme Court Justice Anthony M. Kennedy received the inaugural Bolch Prize for the Rule of Law on April 11, 2019, during a ceremony with Duke Law alumni and leaders from the North Carolina judiciary and legal community. Supreme Court Associate Justice Samuel A. Alito, Judge Allyson K. Duncan of the U.S. Court Continue Reading »

From Judicature: 10 Things Judges Should Know About AI

Posted on April 30, 2019

by Jeff Ward  The following article appeared in the Spring 2019 edition of Judicature. With recent and dramatic advances in the capacities of machine learning, we are now beginning to see artificial intelligence (AI) tools come into their own. This matters for our judiciary, not only because the courts are embedded in an increasingly AI-rich Continue Reading »