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 are an opportunity for judges to take time to connect with the academy, whether by participating in faculty workshops, guest teaching courses, or tapping into Duke’s considerable resources for study and research. And these visits offer the Duke Law community the rare opportunity to spend time with and learn from a distinguished judge.
Judges may spend several days or up to two weeks in residence at Duke Law, depending on their interests and commitments. They may give guest lectures, participate in faculty scholarship workshops, advise students and faculty, meet with student groups, participate in conferences or symposia, and enjoy the broader cultural and sporting programs that about at Duke and in Durham. The residency also offers the judge an opportunity to work on the judge’s own writing projects with the assistance of a student researcher.
Judges in Residence
— 2022 —
Judge Gerald B. Tjoflat
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
As part of his residency, Judge Tjoflat met with students and participated in a lunchtime conversation with David F. Levi, director of the Bolch Judicial Institute, about his life in the law and his lifelong involvement with and loyalty to Duke, as a student, board member, and mentor to more than 100 Duke Law clerks. The event was recorded as part of a larger oral history project to be archived at Duke Law School.
Judge Diane P. Wood
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
As part of her residency, Judge Wood joined a course taught by Professor Marin Levy, visited with members of the American Constitution Society and the Federalist Society during an informal lunch-hour “coffee chat,” and joined Professor David F. Levi, director of the Bolch Judicial Institute, for a lunch-hour discussion about her career and time on the bench on Thursday, Feb. 3.
— 2021 —
Judge Michael J. Garcia
New York Court of Appeals
Judge Garcia served as a virtual visitor to Duke Law School in March 2021. As part of his residency, Judge Garcia joined a course taught by Professor Sara Beale, met with students in the Latin American Law Students Association (LALSA), and joined Professor David F. Levi, director of the Bolch Judicial Institute, for a lunch-hour conversation with students. A recording of their conversation will be released as an episode of the Judgment Calls podcast.
Judge Jacqueline H. Nguyen
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
Judge Nguyen served as a virtual visitor to Duke Law School in February 2021. As part of her residency, she attended a course taught by Professor Sara Beale, met with students in the Asian Pacific American Student Law Association, and joined Professor David F. Levi, director of the Bolch Judicial Institute, for a lunch hour discussion about her career and time on the bench.
— 2020 —
Judge Andrew Oldham
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
As part of his residency, Judge Andrew Oldham participated in a session of Professor Ernest Young’s Federal Courts class; joined a “coffee hour” hosted by students in the Federalist Society; and joined Professor David F. Levi, director of the Bolch Judicial Institute, for a lunch hour discussion about his career and time on the bench.
Justice Leondra Kruger
California Supreme Court
Justice Leondra Kruger joined Professor Darrell Miller’s readings course on State Constitutionalism and Localism; joined a “coffee hour” on September 25, 2020, hosted by the Black Law Students Association and the Women’s Law Student Association; and joined Professor David F. Levi, director of the Bolch Judicial Institute, for a lunch hour discussion (recording not available) about her career and time on the bench.
Chief Justice Margaret H. Marshall (ret.)
Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court
Chief Justice Marshall joined Professor David F. Levi for a lunch program, where they discussed her career and observations on the state of the judiciary. She also participated in select courses and events with faculty and students, worked on her own writing projects, and appeared as a guest on Levi’s new podcast Judgment Calls.
— 2019 —
Justice David Collins
New Zealand Court of Appeal
While at Duke, Justice Collins delivered two lunch hour lectures, Why Nine: A Conversation on Court Packing with Justice David Collins (youtu.be/5H5U_qf2IhQ) and Judicial Review: A Conversation with Justice David Collins (youtu.be/RhQQM4eaT9U), co-sponsored by the Program in Public Law. His lecture on judicial review was reprinted in the spring 2020 edition of Judicature, available here. He also participated in workshops and classes with Duke Law students and faculty, including Professor Neil S. Siegel who spent time with Justice Collins while visiting New Zealand in 2017. Justice Collins is a 2018 graduate of Duke Law School’s Master of Judicial Studies program.
— 2018 —
Judge Jon O. Newman
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
As the Inaugural Bolch Judicial Institute’s Distinguished Judge in Residence, Judge Jon O. Newman spent two weeks in residence at Duke Law School where he participated in workshops, advised students and faculty, and had an opportunity to work on his own writing projects, with the assistance of a student researcher, including his article Taking ‘Beyond a Reasonable Doubt’ Seriously, which appeared in the summer 2019 edition of Judicature. He also appeared as a guest on an episode of the podcast Judgment Calls with Hon. David F. Levi.