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One day, two arguments: Appellate Litigation Clinic students argue cases in the Fourth and District of Columbia Circuit Courts of Appeal

Two students made oral arguments in federal appellate courts on March 19. Andrew Barr ’13 argued for the appellant in United States v. McNeill in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in Richmond, Va., while Emily May ’13 argued as an amicus curiae on behalf of the appellant in Lesesne v. Doe in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.

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Pro Bono Pledge

Pro Bono Pledge logoMost Duke Law students participate in some form of community service, through a student organization, through a pro bono placement, or through volunteerism. Typically, about two-thirds of each class signs on and fulfills the Pro Bono Pledge, committing to 50 hours of public service during their three years of law school. The 50-hour goal is inspired by the ABA’s Model Rule of Professional Conduct 6.1 that states, in part: “Every lawyer has a professional responsibility to provide legal services to those unable to pay. A lawyer should aspire to render at least (50) hours of pro bono public legal service per year.”

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From the Clinic


Duke Law offers a variety of clinical programs that allow students to build an experiential bridge between law school and practice. Housed in its own wing of the Law School, Duke Law's Clinical Program is organized and operates as a public interest law firm, providing students challenging opportunities to deepen their substantive legal knowledge, strengthen their lawyering skills, and build their professional identities. 

AIDS/HIV and Cancer Legal Project  | Appellate Litigation Clinic | Children’s Law Clinic | Community Enterprise Clinic | Environmental Law and Policy Clinic | Guantanamo Defense Clinic | International Human Rights ClinicStart-Up Ventures Clinic | Wrongful Convictions Clinic

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  • Ryke Longest portrait
    Clinical Professor of Law, Director, Environmental Law and Policy Clinic

    Longest is the founding Director of the Environmental Law and Policy Clinic, a joint project of Duke Law School and the Nicholas School of the Environment. He supervises students practicing in the clinic and teaches the seminar portion of the clinic.

  • The School-to-Prison Pipeline: Discipline and Discrimination in Public Schools

    A panel discussion on the ramifications of widespread in-school disciplinary measures that push at-risk youth out of the educational system and into the criminal justice system. Panelists: Hon. Marcia Morey, Chief District Court Judge of the 14th Judicial District (Durham County); Jason Langberg, Supervising Attorney for Legal Aid NC's Advocates for Children's Services Program; and Professor Jane Wettach of Duke Law, director of the Children's Law Clinic. Sponsored by the American Constitution Society.

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Speaker Series
Careers in Government & Public Interest speaker series posterCareers in Government and Public Interest Speaker Series

Co-sponsored by the Office of Public Interest Advising, Office of Public Interest and Pro Bono, the Government and Public Service Society, and the Career and Professional Development Center, the Careers in Government and Public Interest Speaker Series is a panel discussion of career paths taken by government attorneys, as well as attorneys in education law and policy, health care law and policy, human rights and immigration law, and environmental law and policy.

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