Office of the Dean

  • David F. Levi portrait

    David F. Levi

    Dean and Professor of Law

    Phone: 919-613-7001

    David F. Levi became the 14th dean of Duke Law School on July 1, 2007. Prior to his appointment, he was the Chief United States District Judge for the Eastern District of California with chambers in Sacramento. He was appointed United States Attorney by President Ronald Reagan in 1986 and a United States district judge by President George H. W. Bush in 1990.

  • Guy Charles portrait

    Guy-Uriel Charles

    Charles S. Rhyne Professor of Law and Senior Associate Dean for Faculty & Research

    Phone: 919-613-7191

    Guy-Uriel Charles is the founding director of the Duke Law Center on Law, Race and Politics. He is an expert in and frequent public commentator on constitutional law, election law, campaign finance, redistricting, politics, and race. He joined Duke Law's faculty in 2009; he previously was the Russell M. and Elizabeth M. Bennett Professor of Law at the University of Minnesota Law School.

  • Liz Gustafson

    Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

    Phone: 919-613-7229
  • Tia Barnes

    Tia Barnes

    Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs

    Phone: 919-613-7264


  • Frances Conrad portrait

    Frances Curran

    Senior Manager, Dean’s Office and Academic Affairs

    Phone: 919-613-8541

    Frances Curran is the primary administrative manager of the Office of the Dean and Academic Affairs. She is a liaison to several University offices, manages faculty records and office space, and supervises the Dean’s Office financials and administrative staff. She is a graduate of George Mason University.

  • Janse Haywood

    Administrative Assistant

    Phone: 919-613-7006

    Janse Haywood has been a member of the Law School’ Dean’s Office Staff for 35 years.  She has served in a myriad of capacities including as Assistant to the current and four former Deans.  She has served on the staff of the Duke Law Magazine since its creation in the 1980s, and is currently the Editor of Alumni Notes for both print and web.  She continues to work on various projects and assignments in the Dean’s Office.

  • Sandra G. MacLachlan

    Sandra G. MacLachlan

    Assistant to the Dean

    Phone: 919-613-7001


  • Katy Musolino

    Administrative Assistant

    Phone: 919-613-7004

    Katy is responsible for processing and maintaining financial records and providing administrative support as needed for the Dean’s Office and Academic Affairs.  She has previously worked in Alumni & Development at the Law School and in the University Secretary’s office.  Katy received a BA from the University of Tennessee and an MEd from the University of Memphis.  She enjoys music, storytelling,  knitting, and supporting young local musicians.

  • Amanda Lacoff

    Amanda Lacoff

    Assistant Dean, Academic Initiatives

    Phone: 919-613-8527

    Amanda returned to the Law School in January 2013, working on special projects as Dean Levi’s Fellow.  Originally from Greensboro, she received an AB in International Relations and AM in International Policy Studies from Stanford.  She worked in Washington, DC for a number of years, focusing on democratic development in sub-Saharan Africa, before returning to NC to attend Duke Law.  After graduating in 2006, she clerked for Judge James A. Wynn, Jr., on the NC Court of Appeals, for Justice Robin Hudson on the Supreme Court of NC, and then again for Judge Wynn on the US Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit.