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Griffin’s “Stories in Adjudication” wins AALS award

Posted on November 15, 2011

Professor Lisa Kern Griffin’s article, “Stories in Adjudication,” has won the Association of American Law School’s (AALS) Criminal Justice Section’s award for the best paper by a junior scholar. The award will be presented at the AALS annual meeting in Washington, D.C., in early January. Griffin’s article, which is currently in manuscript form, examines the relationship between Continue Reading »

Silliman nominated to the U.S. Court of Military Commission Review

Posted on November 10, 2011

President Barack Obama has nominated Professor Scott L. Silliman for a seat on the U.S. Court of Military Commission Review, the appellate court that reviews each military commission case held at Guantanamo Bay. The nomination is subject to confirmation by the U.S. Senate. In a Nov. 10 press release announcing the nomination, the president said Silliman’s extensive experience in Continue Reading »

Admissions process underway for new Master’s in Judicial Studies

Posted on September 15, 2011

Duke Law School officially launched its new Master of Laws in Judicial Studies program with a luncheon for North Carolina state and federal judges on Wednesday, Sept. 14. U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel A. Alito offered remarks at the event. The Master of Laws program was created under the auspices of the new Duke Center for Judicial Studies Continue Reading »

Duke Law announces new Center for Judicial Studies

Posted on June 6, 2011

Duke Law School has established a new Center for Judicial Studies and a master’s degree in judicial studies to address a need for advanced educational opportunities for judges and to support scholarly research on judicial institutions and judicial decision-making. The center takes advantage of the strength of the Duke Law faculty in judicial studies as well as Continue Reading »

Duke Law hosts conference on litigation in federal courts, May 10-11

Posted on May 5, 2010

Duke Law School will host a unique conference on civil litigation in federal courts May 10-11. Sponsored and organized by the Judicial Conference Advisory Committee on Civil Rules, the conference will bring together more than 180 federal judges, practitioners, and academics to undertake a comprehensive examination of issues of access, fairness, cost, and delay in Continue Reading » Should law be open source?

Posted on May 5, 2010

The pros, cons, and challenges to making legal materials publicly available for free were probed at an April 28 workshop sponsored by Duke Law’s Center for the Study of the Public Domain (CSPD). Leading scholars, including some of the Law School’s leading open access proponents, discussed, a proposed system to provide free online access to all primary legal Continue Reading »

Debating diversity on the federal bench

Posted on February 23, 2010

Feb. 23, 2010 – A debate about diversity in the federal judiciary highlighted the uncomfortable intersection of politics and judicial ideology during a lunchtime event Feb. 22. Duke Law professor of law and political science Neil Siegel squared off against Adam Mortara, a lecturer in law at the University of Chicago and partner at Bartlit Continue Reading »

Dean Levi appointed to Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure

Posted on October 28, 2009

Dean David F. Levi has been appointed by Chief Justice John G. Roberts to serve on the United States Judicial Conference Standing Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure. Levi was chair of the committee from 2003 to 2007; his new term will expire in 2012. The Standing Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure was established Continue Reading »

Evaluating Judging, Judges, and Judicial Institutions

Posted on September 11, 2009

Sept. 10, 2009 — In late September, a distinguished group of federal and state-court judges, legal scholars, and political scientists will gather at Duke Law School to consider how best to study and rate judicial performance. The goal of the invitation-only, two-day workshop is to strengthen and broaden the theoretical foundation of empirical research into Continue Reading »

Supreme Court Litigation with Donald Ayer

Posted on August 31, 2009

Aug. 31, 2009 — A new seminar is giving Duke Law students insight into the unique nature of litigation in the nation’s highest court. Supreme Court Litigation is taught by Senior Lecturing Fellow Donald Ayer, a partner at Jones Day in Washington, D.C., and former United States deputy solicitor general. A veteran of 17 Supreme Court arguments, Continue Reading »

How Judge Posner thinks

Posted on July 30, 2009

Yes, the justices indeed ‘make law’

Posted on July 13, 2009

Measuring judges and justice

Posted on February 19, 2009

Feb. 18, 2009 — The attempt to empirically track how judges make decisions has emerged as a new and somewhat controversial area of study by social scientists and legal scholars over the last quarter century. A Duke Law conference on Feb. 6 brought together leading academics and jurists to discuss the quantification and codification of Continue Reading »

How much should judges make?

Posted on January 20, 2009