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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?
David Collins

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 »

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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
SCOTUS Justice Neil Gorsuch
John Paul Stevens Interview

A conversation with Justice John Paul Stevens

Posted on July 23, 2019

The late Supreme Court Associate Justice John Paul Stevens shared stories and insights from his 40-year career on the bench with Dean David F. Levi, now director of the Bolch Judicial Institute, during a visit to Duke Law School on May 12, 2012. Justice Stevens was appointed to the Supreme Court in 1975 by President Continue Reading »

Summer 2019 Newsletter

Read the summer 2019 newsletter

Posted on July 15, 2019

Our summer 2019 newsletter is here! See what’s happening at the Bolch Judicial Institute, and click subscribe below to receive future updates.       

Discovery-Proportionality Conference considers revisions to 2015 Guidelines

Posted on June 27, 2019

The Bolch Judicial Institute held a conference in Washington, D.C., on June 20-21, 2019, to evaluate the 2015 Rule 26 Discovery-Proportionality amendments and progress toward implementing changes laid out in the amendments. Over 130 participants, including lawyers, academics, and 11 federal judges, attended and participated in discussions about how the amendments have affected litigation.  In Continue Reading »

Master of Judicial Studies class finishes second semester at Duke Law School

Posted on June 26, 2019

The Master of Judicial Studies class of 2020 finished their second semester at Duke Law School, marking the completion of the coursework component of the LLM degree. The class of 21 judges spent four weeks in residence at Duke from late May to early June, taking advanced courses on the judiciary and judicial institutions taught Continue Reading »

David F. Levi in Visionaries Documentary

Director David F. Levi appears in PBS documentary

Posted on June 26, 2019

 The American Law Institute (ALI) was selected and profiled for Visionaries, a documentary series that highlights the stories of nonprofit organizations working to make a positive difference in their communities and around the world. David F. Levi, president of the ALI and director of the Bolch Judicial Institute, describes the ALI’s unique ability to Continue Reading »

Duke Law students with Justice Alito and Professor Levi.

Learning from the Best: Duke Law students excel in constitutional law seminar with Justice Alito and Professor Levi

Posted on June 20, 2019

Discussing constitutional law with a Supreme Court justice is a law student’s dream — and for some lucky third-year Duke Law students, that dream was their spring break reality. From March 11 to 15 this year, 15 students learned from the best: Justice Samuel A. Alito, Jr. and Professor David F. Levi, former dean of Continue Reading »

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LLM thesis papers give Duke Law journal a view from inside the judiciary

Posted on June 5, 2019

Duke’s oldest law journal, Law & Contemporary Problems, has published several thesis papers written by judges who are graduates of the Bolch Judicial Institute’s Master of Judicial Studies program. The papers comprise a special edition of the journal titled The Study of Judicial Institutions: A View from the Inside (Vol. 82 No. 2), and journal Continue Reading »