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What’s next for the U.S. presidency? New Bolch video series launches with analysis of Trump’s legacy

Posted on January 14, 2021

The first episode of Beyond Covid, a new video series co-produced by the Bolch Judicial Institute and The American Law Institute (ALI), explores the legacy of the Trump presidency and the future of the American presidency in the aftermath of a violent attempt to disrupt Congress’s certification of the 2020 presidential election at the U.S. Continue Reading »

“All of us can play some part in protecting and defending our Constitution.”

Posted on January 7, 2021

In a January 7 statement to members of The American Law Institute, David F. Levi — president of ALI and director of the Bolch Judicial Institute at Duke Law — condemned recent events at the United States Capitol. Statement from ALI President David F. Levi Because we are first and foremost a rule of law Continue Reading »

Read the fall/winter 2020–21 newsletter

Posted on December 18, 2020

Advanced e-discovery program to launch in 2021

Posted on November 12, 2020

An advanced e-discovery certificate program produced in partnership by the Bolch Judicial Institute of Duke Law School and the Electronic Discovery Institute (EDI) is slated to launch online in early 2021. Taught by industry-leading experts, the 11-course program is designed to offer students and developing professionals an opportunity to deepen their expertise, refine e-discovery and Continue Reading »

Director Levi, Judge Sam Thumma (MJS ’20) featured in ABA’s The Judges’ Journal

Posted on November 2, 2020

The Fall 2020 edition of The Judges’ Journal published by the American Bar Association features an article by David F. Levi, From Judge to Dean and Back Again: Reflections on Transitions (pdf), about his transition from the federal judiciary to the legal academy. In the article, Levi explains his decision to leave the federal bench Continue Reading »

5th Circuit Judge Andrew Oldham to serve as a Distinguished Judge in Residence

Posted on October 14, 2020

Judge Andrew Oldham of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit will be a distinguished “virtual visitor” to Duke Law this month as part of the Bolch Judicial Institute’s Distinguished Judge in Residence program. As part of his residency, he will participate in a session of Professor Ernest Young’s Federal Courts class; join Continue Reading »

Benjamin Ferencz

Benjamin Ferencz named inaugural Lemkin Rule of Law Guardian

Posted on October 7, 2020

Benjamin Ferencz, the last living Nuremberg Trial prosecutor and an icon in the field of international justice, is the first person to be honored by the Bolch Judicial Institute’s Raphael Lemkin Guardian of the Rule of Law series, which celebrates individuals who have worked to protect and advance the rule of law.  Ferencz joined Continue Reading »

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‘How RBG would have powered through this crisis’ by Prof. Neil S. Siegel (cnn.com)

Posted on September 22, 2020

Neil S. Siegel is the David W. Ichel Professor of Law and Professor of Political Science at Duke Law School and is a former law clerk for Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. His remembrance of Justice Ginsburg was published on cnn.com on September 22, 2020. “I was very fortunate to serve as one of Continue Reading »

In Remembrance and Appreciation of Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Posted on September 21, 2020

In an official statement for The American Law Institute, David F. Levi — president of the ALI and director of the Bolch Judicial Institute at Duke Law — offered a personal remembrance of his longtime friend and colleague, Associate Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died on Friday, September 18, 2020.  “In thinking of Continue Reading »

Bolch Judicial Institute welcomes California Supreme Court Justice Leondra Kruger

Posted on September 17, 2020

Justice Leondra R. Kruger of the California Supreme Court will be a “virtual visitor” to Duke Law this month as part of the Bolch Judicial Institute’s Distinguished Judge in Residence program. As part of her residency, she will participate in a session of Professor Darrell Miller’s readings course on State Constitutionalism and Localism; join a Continue Reading »

Read the summer 2020 newsletter

Posted on August 26, 2020
Judge Don Willett

Judge Don Willett to chair Judicature editorial board for 2020-21

Posted on August 3, 2020

Judge Don Willett of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit will serve as chair of Judicature’s editorial board for the 2020–21 editorial term, beginning with the fall 2020 edition of the journal (Volume 104 Number 3). Willett is a former justice of the Texas Supreme Court. He earned his J.D. from Duke Continue Reading »

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call for public comment

Call for public comment: revised proportionality guidelines

Posted on July 2, 2020

The third edition of the Bolch Judicial Institute and Duke Law School’s Guidelines and Best Practices for Implementing the 2015 Discovery Amendments to Achieve Proportionality is now available for public comment. Editors for this edition, led by Judge Paul Grimm with assistance from Jennie Anderson and David Kessler, are seeking feedback from lawyers, judges, and Continue Reading »