Doriane Lambelet Coleman

Professor of Law


Doriane Coleman is a Professor of Law at Duke Law School.  She specializes in teaching and scholarship related to children, medicine, and law.  Coleman has also practiced, taught, and written about sports law, with a focus on the Olympic Movement and eligibility issues including doping and gender.

She is a faculty affiliate of the University’s Center for Child and Family Policy, the Trent Center for Bioethics, Humanities and the History of Medicine, and the Law School’s Center for Sports Law and Policy.  She is also a member of the Hospital’s Ethics Committee.

Coleman received her Juris Doctor degree from the Georgetown University Law Center (1988), where she was an associate editor on the Georgetown Law Journal. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Cornell University (1982) with Distinction in All Subjects.  Coleman practiced law for the Washington, D.C. firm of Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering (now Wilmer Hale), from 1988 to 1991.

In her previous life (as Doriane Lambelet) Coleman competed internationally over 800 meters. She was the U.S. National Collegiate Indoor Champion in 1982 and the Swiss National Champion in 1982 and 1983.  Over her athletic career she competed for the Swiss and U.S. National Teams, Athletics West, the Santa Monica and Atoms Track Clubs, and Lausanne Sports.