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Archive: August 2020

Judge Don Willett

Judge Don Willett to chair Judicature editorial board for 2020-21

Posted on August 3, 2020

Judge Don Willett of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit will serve as chair of Judicature’s editorial board for the 2020–21 editorial term, beginning with the fall 2020 edition of the journal (Volume 104 Number 3). Willett is a former justice of the Texas Supreme Court. He earned his J.D. from Duke Continue Reading »

Justice Mark Davis

Justice Mark A. Davis LLM’18 started a thesis and ended up with a book

Posted on November 22, 2019

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 »

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 »

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 »

Duke Law grad on Supreme Court short list

Posted on July 5, 2018

Don Willett, who holds a JD (1992) and a Master’s of Judicial Studies (2016) from Duke Law, is under consideration for an appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court. “Don Willett, 51, spent nearly 13 years on the Texas Supreme Court and now serves as a judge in the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Continue Reading »