Professor of the Practice of Law
Donald H. Beskind devoted more than 30 years in practice to representing plaintiffs in civil cases and defendants in criminal cases before returning to the Duke Law faculty full-time as a professor of the practice of law in 2010. While in private practice between 1981 and 2010 at two North Carolina law firms, he directed and taught in Duke Law School’s Trial Practice program and also periodically taught Evidence. He served as a John S. Bradway Fellow at Duke Law from 1975 to 1977, at the conclusion of which he received his LLM. He then joined the faculty, first as an assistant professor and then as associate professor and director of the Clinical Legal Studies Program.
In 1981, Beskind returned to private practice, co-founding Beskind, Rudolf & Maher where he practiced until 1993. In 1993, he joined what became Twiggs, Beskind, Strickland & Rabenau, and practiced with that firm until 2012. Beskind now serves as co-counsel in cases with various national and local firms and as a mediator and arbitrator in complex cases.
Beskind is a fellow of the International Society of Barristers, its Administrative Secretary and the Editor of its Quarterly journal. He is also a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. He has served on the Board of Governors of both national and North Carolina trial lawyer organizations, and has chaired the committees on continuing legal education for both. He was a founding board member of North Carolina Prisoner’s Legal Services and served as its president. Beskind lectures on evidentiary and trial skills topics across the United States, and has run trial training programs at major U.S. law firms and has trained solicitors and barristers in the United Kingdom.
Beskind is the co-author North Carolina Evidentiary Foundations, Second Edition (Lexis/Nexis 2006); Problems in Trial Advocacy (NITA 2013); and numerous case files used for professional training including BMI v. Minicom (Advanced, Pretrial and Basic Skills editions – NITA) and State v. Burns (NITA).
A native of Westport, Conn., Beskind received his AB in sociology from The George Washington University, his JD, with honors, from the University of Connecticut, and his LLM from Duke Law School.