Diane Appleton Reeves

Senior Lecturing Fellow


Diane Reeves joined the Duke Law faculty to teach Legal Analysis, Research and Writing in 2011, after 12 years with the North Carolina Department of Justice, where she was special deputy attorney general in the Criminal Division, Capital Litigation/Federal Habeas Section. Before joining the Attorney General’s Office, she practiced in the area of general civil litigation at the North Carolina law firms of Brooks, Stevens, and Pope, Poyner and Spruill, and Golding, Crews, Meekins, Gordon and Gray. Formerly, as an assistant district attorney in Charlotte, Reeves tried numerous jury trials, including many rape and homicide charges, as a member of the Career Criminal Unit, which, because of the habitual offender status of the accused, was committed to taking every case to trial. In the course of her career, Reeves has practiced in all levels of North Carolina’s state trial and appellate courts. She has represented other clients in civil litigation, and the State of North Carolina in death penalty cases at the federal trial level in all three North Carolina United States District Courts, and argued death penalty cases in the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond. She is also admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of the United States.

From 1984 to 1986 Reeves taught Torts, Criminal Procedure, and Appellate Advocacy at Loyola University School of Law in New Orleans as a visiting professor of law, where she designed and oversaw the moot court program.

Reeves received her BA from Duke University, magna cum laude, in 1974. She received her JD, cum laude, in 1979 from Wake Forest School of Law, where she was a member of the law review staff, and then, notes and comments editor of the Wake Forest Law Review.