The Duke Conference series offers bench-bar-academy conferences, inviting a wide range of prominent bench leaders, government officials, senior-level plaintiff and defense lawyers, technical experts, and academics to address emerging or pressing legal issues, providing them an opportunity to develop positions that can guide government policy-makers and decision-makers. Following a conference, the Institute selects individuals to prepare under its auspices best practices, guidelines, or other written guidance. Any work product or publication of an Institute-held conference may not necessarily reflect the official position of Duke Law School as an entity or of its faculty or of any other organization. The Institute takes no institutional position on legal or other issues. Every Institute publication stands on its own, and its value judged solely on the merits of its contents.
The conferences are invitation-only, inviting 15 judges, 1-5 scholars, and 75 senior-level lawyers. The number of participants is limited to permit prominent judges, lawyers, and academics to discuss important issues fully and frankly in a collaborative environment. Anyone interested in receiving an invitation to a particular conference should send their request to attend along with a description of their relevant experience and reasons for attending the conference to firstname.lastname@example.org. All invited to these conferences are expected to actively participate in discussions. The conferences are self-funded through registration fees.