State and federal judges are moving quickly to address the unique challenges of ensuring that the courts remain operational during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a panel of judicial leaders convened by the Bolch Judicial Institute and The American Law Institute. But challenges abound, and the long-term impact on the courts could be significant. On Continue Reading »
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.
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.
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 »
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.
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.
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 »
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 »
Manuel Sager, the former ambassador of Switzerland to the United States, was appointed to the Bolch Judicial Institute Advisory Board in a unanimous vote by board members at a meeting in December 2019. Sager completed an LLM in international law at Duke in 1985 and has taught Development Finance at the Law School for the Continue Reading »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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, 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 »
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 »