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Duke Law and the 2014-2015
Supreme Court term

The U.S. Supreme Court opened the October 2014 term by deciding not to review appellate court rulings regarding same-sex marriage, making those unions legally permissible in five states immediately and paving the way for legalization in six more states in short order. North Carolina, where a successful 2012 referendum outlawed same-sex marriages, is among the states where change seems imminent.

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Duke in D.C. gives students who are interested in public policy, public service, and careers in the public sector an opportunity to study federal policymaking firsthand, under the direction of Duke Law faculty and practitioners. The program has three components: a semester-long externship placement in a congressional or policymaking office; a weekly course taught by Duke Law faculty; and a substantial research project. Through this integrated approach, students deepen their analytical skills, become creative and constructive decision-makers, and learn to work collaboratively and across disciplines.

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Faculty
  • Margaret Lemos
    Professor of Law

    Lemos is a scholar of constitutional law, legal institutions, and procedure.  Her scholarship focuses on the institutions of law interpretation and enforcement and their effects on substantive rights. She writes in four related fields: federalism; administrative law, including the relationship between courts and agencies; statutory interpretation; and civil procedure. Her articles have been published in the Supreme Court Review as well as in the Harvard, New York University, Texas, Minnesota, Vanderbilt, and Notre Dame law reviews.

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  • Does Congress Take the Constitution Seriously? A Constitution Day Conversation

    Do Members of Congress take the U.S. Constitution seriously? Do they attempt to shape their actions to what the Constitution says? Do they instead shape what the Constitution says so that it supports their actions (and condemns the actions of their opponents)? Or do they largely disregard the Constitution? Duke professors Chris Schroeder and Neil Siegel and UNC professor Michael Gerhardt discuss these questions from both an historical and a contemporary perspective. They also address the potential role of judicial review in bringing about the current state of affairs. Sponsored by the Program in Public Law.

  • Supreme Court Review 2014

    The Program in Public Law presents its annual Supreme Court Review. Duke Law professors Lisa Kern Griffin, Katharine T. Bartlett and Ernest A. Young review the most significant decisions of the 2013-14 term of the U.S. Supreme Court, while Professor Darrell A.H. Miller moderates. Cases discussed include Hobby Lobby, Riley v. California, and Bond v. U.S.

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