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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 »

Justice Mark Davis

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 »

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New Zealand Justice delivers two lectures on American judicial concepts during Duke Law residency

Posted on October 18, 2019

Justice David Collins of the New Zealand Court of Appeal visited Duke Law as the Bolch Judicial Institute’s Distinguished Judge in Residence Sept. 30-Oct. 4, 2019. During his residency, he delivered two lectures: Why Nine: A Conversation on Court Packing with Justice David Collins and Judicial Review: A Conversation with Justice David Collins, both co-sponsored by the Continue Reading »

Announcing a new home for EDRM (

Posted on October 18, 2019
Justice Davis Book Talk
Fees, Fines, Bail & the Destitution Pipeline: What Can State Courts Do?
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Justice David Collins of New Zealand to serve as judge in residence

Posted on September 25, 2019

Justice David Collins of the New Zealand Court of Appeal will visit Duke Law School Sept. 30 – Oct. 4, 2019, as the Bolch Judicial Institute’s distinguished judge in residence. While at Duke, Justice Collins will deliver two lectures and participate in workshops and classes with Duke Law students and faculty. His lectures, Why Nine: Continue Reading »

Judicial Review
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Conference explores new research on court fees and fines

Posted on September 17, 2019

Scholars and judges came to Duke Law Sept. 5-6, 2019, to discuss — and find ways to mitigate — problems stemming from the disproportionate impact of court fees, fines, and bail processes on poor and minority communities during a conference sponsored by the Bolch Judicial Institute in collaboration with the Duke Law Journal. The conference, Continue Reading »

Judge Don Willett
Fees & Fines Lunchtime Roundtable