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Listen to Judgment Calls with Hon. David F. Levi, a new podcast from the Bolch Judicial Institute

Posted on April 3, 2020

In the new podcast Judgment Calls, Hon. David F. Levi interviews judges about their work, their lives, and the challenges and opportunities they see in the U.S. courts. Listen and subscribe on iTunes, Spotify, and Google Play. 

POSTPONED: Mass-Tort MDL Certificate and Advanced Certificate program

Posted on March 9, 2020

The 2020 Mass-Tort MDL at Duke Law School was postponed due to statewide concerns about the spread of coronavirus and Duke University’s response. Click to receive an email notification when this program has been rescheduled. 

Justice Ginsburg to honor Justice Moseneke during 2020 Bolch Prize ceremony (CANCELLED)

Posted on March 4, 2020

Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg of the U.S. Supreme Court and Chief Justice Margaret H. Marshall (ret.) of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court will speak at the 2020 Bolch Prize ceremony honoring Justice Dikgang Moseneke, the former deputy chief justice of South Africa’s Constitutional Court. Justice Moseneke will receive the 2020 Bolch Prize for the Continue Reading »

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Watch now: Judgment Calls: A Conversation with Hon. Dikgang Moseneke

Posted on February 26, 2020

David F. Levi, director of the Bolch Judicial Institute, joins Hon. Dikgang Moseneke for a discussion of Moseneke’s recent memoir “My Own Liberator.” Recording available on YouTube. 

Watch now: Judgment Calls: A Conversation with Chief Justice Margaret H. Marshall

Posted on February 21, 2020

David F. Levi, director of the Bolch Judicial Institute, joins former Massachusetts Chief Justice Margaret H. Marshall for a discussion of Marshall’s trailblazing life in the judiciary. Recording available on YouTube. 

Mourning Francis McGovern

Posted on February 20, 2020

Following are tributes to beloved Duke Law professor Francis E. McGovern. A note from David F. Levi, director of the Bolch Judicial Institute  I have admired and enjoyed knowing Francis for many years, long before I came to Duke. He was one of a kind — brilliant, dedicated, kind, energetic, and with a great sense Continue Reading »

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Duke Law certificate course March 11-13 offers practical training on MDLs

Posted on February 7, 2020

Multidistrict litigation — in which multiple lawsuits from numerous districts are consolidated under the jurisdiction of one federal court — has captured headlines and reshaped the legal landscape in the United States. These MDLs now account for 52% of the federal civil caseload, and the trend shows no signs of slowing down. Just last week, Continue Reading »

Dikgang Moseneke, former deputy chief justice of the South African Constitutional Court, to receive 2020 Bolch Prize for the Rule of Law

Posted on January 16, 2020

DURHAM, N.C. – Dikgang Moseneke, an internationally revered jurist who helped build and lead a post-apartheid, democratic South Africa, will receive the 2020 Bolch Prize for the Rule of Law, David F. Levi, director of the Bolch Judicial Institute at Duke Law School, announced today. A lifelong advocate for justice, human rights, and the rule Continue Reading »

Bolch Judicial Institute welcomes retired Mass. Chief Justice Margaret Marshall

Posted on January 10, 2020

Margaret Marshall, the first woman to serve as chief justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, will be the Bolch Judicial Institute’s Distinguished Judge in Residence for spring 2020. She will visit Duke Law Jan. 20-22. Before her retirement in 2010, Chief Justice Marshall wrote hundreds of opinions, including the groundbreaking 2003 decision in Goodridge Continue Reading »

Legal leaders gather to begin planning major conference on federal courts and civil litigation

Posted on January 10, 2020

The Bolch Judicial Institute at Duke Law hosted a planning conference in November to lay the groundwork for a major conference on the federal courts and civil litigation. That conference, which will take place in late 2020 or early 2021, will be the second major conference of its kind at Duke Law School. The first, Continue Reading »

Scholarly conference examines new research on judicial administration and processes

Posted on January 7, 2020

Legal scholars gathered at Duke Law to discuss judicial administration and judicial processes during a roundtable conference on Thursday, Dec. 12. Organized by Duke Law Professor Marin Levy (pictured right) and sponsored by the Bolch Judicial Institute, the conference brought together some of the nation’s foremost scholars of judicial administration to discuss their works-in-progress on Continue Reading »

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Justice Mark A. Davis LLM’18 started a thesis and ended up with a book

Posted on November 22, 2019

The U.S. Supreme Court under Chief Justice Earl Warren is deservedly famous for making its mark in an era of high-profile cases. The Exum Court of North Carolina is decidedly less famous — but had a similar impact, according to a new book by North Carolina Supreme Court Justice Mark A. Davis. Davis, a 2018 Continue Reading »

Judge Richard Gergel discusses new book, Unexampled Courage

Posted on November 13, 2019

Judge Richard Gergel, a 1979 Duke Law graduate and U.S. District Court judge for the District of South Carolina, spoke to Duke Law students on Monday, Nov. 11, about his new book, Unexampled Courage: The Blinding of Sgt. Isaac Woodard and the Awakening of President Harry S. Truman and Judge J. Waties Waring (Farrar, Straus Continue Reading »

Chinese Translation of Judicature Article

Judicature articles on forensic science published in Chinese law journal

Posted on November 13, 2019

Two Judicature articles  have received attention in China after being translated and reprinted in the Chinese law journal Evidence Science (证据科学) by Zhuhao Wang, associate professor of law at the Institute of Evidence Law and Forensic Science at the China University of Political Science and Law. Wang’s translations of “How Trial Judges Should Think About Continue Reading »

What Does Fair and Impartial Judiciary Mean and Why is it Important?

Posted on November 5, 2019

  Director David F. Levi delivered the following keynote address on October 26, 2019, at the Fair and Impartial Judiciary Symposium at the Rendell Center for Civics and Civic Engagement in Philadelphia. It is a great honor to be with you today to speak about the importance of fair and impartial courts and the role Continue Reading »

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Duke Law announces Judicial Studies LLM class of ’22

Posted on October 18, 2019

The Bolch Judicial Institute at Duke Law has announced its fifth class of judges accepted to the Master of Judicial Studies LLM program. The class entering in summer 2020 will include 10 federal judges, two state supreme court justices, eight state court judges, and two international judges. They will spend two summer terms at Duke Continue Reading »