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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 » 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 »

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 »

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

Currie Lecture focuses on federal court jurisdiction

Posted on November 17, 2008

Nov. 17, 2008 — Delivering Duke’s annual Brainerd Currie Memorial Lecture on Nov. 11, Judge William Fletcher of the United States Court of Appeal for the Ninth Circuit closely examined the meaning of the word “all,” which appears four times in the “judicial article” of the Constitution, Article III. A scholar of civil procedure and Continue Reading »

In praise of American juries

Posted on January 9, 2008

Jan. 9, 2008 ― The American jury system works, according to Duke Law Professor Neil Vidmar. While public perception of jury behavior may be shaped by controversial verdicts such as O.J. Simpson’s acquittal or the award of nearly $3 million in punitive damages to an elderly woman burned by hot McDonald’s coffee, jurors generally take Continue Reading »