Programs and Conferences


The Bolch Judicial Institute provides an array of unique educational opportunities for judges, academics, lawyers, and students, including certificate programs, conferences and symposia, workshops, and opportunities for judges to work in residence at Duke Law School.

Listed below are current conferences and programs. For information on these and past conferences, please contact us at

Current Programs

The Francis McGovern Symposium on Civil Litigation

This annual symposium, held in honor of the late Duke Law Professor Francis McGovern, brings together judges, practitioners, and academics to discuss and advance topics related to Professor McGovern’s pioneering work in civil litigation, including multidistrict litigation, mass harms, mediation, legal strategy, settlement, special masters, and class actions.

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Distinguished Judge in Residence

The Bolch Judicial Institute’s Distinguished Judge in Residence brings outstanding jurists to visit Duke Law School to spend time with faculty and students and to pursue scholarly interests. These visits also offer the Duke Law community the rare opportunity to spend time with and learn from a distinguished judge.

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The Trauma-Informed Court

The Bolch Judicial Institute, in partnership with Chief Justice Paul Newby (N.C. Supreme Court) and the North Carolina Administrative Office of the Courts, is developing an educational program for judges and other court administrators on the effects of juvenile trauma. The project receives support from the Weiner Family Foundation, and was the recipient of a 2022-23 Bass Connections grant.

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Mass Tort MDL Certificate Program

This multiday course provides a unique opportunity to gain practical insight, network with key players, and develop the skills and knowledge needed to prepare for leadership roles in multidistrict litigation.

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Raphael Lemkin Rule of Law Guardians

The Raphael Lemkin Rule of Law Guardian program honors remarkable individuals who have made significant contributions to guard and protect the rule of law around the world. As part of this series, live recorded events and personal interviews with the honorees remind us all of the power of an individual to make a difference.

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Judicial Administration Roundtable

This academic conference, led by Duke Law Professor Marin Levy, brings together top scholars to share works-in-progress on important questions of court design, procedure, and judicial decision-making. This program is by invitation only.

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Law and Technology for Judges

In partnership with the Federal Judicial Center, the Bolch Judicial Institute offers a three-day survey course geared toward helping federal judges understand and anticipate the ways in which cutting-edge technologies are currently affecting — and likely to affect — the legal world.