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Justice Ginsburg addresses alumni and Summer Institute in wide-ranging conversation with Siegel

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg addressed some of the Court’s recent decisions, her advocacy for women’s rights, and her current cultural resonance in a wide-ranging conversation with Professor Neil Siegel at the Law School’s D.C. Summer Institute on Law and Policy,.

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Duke in D.C. gives students who are interested in public policy, public service, and careers in the public sector an opportunity to study federal policymaking firsthand, under the direction of Duke Law faculty and practitioners. The program has three components: a semester-long externship placement in a congressional or policymaking office; a weekly course taught by Duke Law faculty; and a substantial research project. Through this integrated approach, students deepen their analytical skills, become creative and constructive decision-makers, and learn to work collaboratively and across disciplines.

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  • Margaret Lemos
    Robert G. Seaks LL.B. '34 Professor of Law

    Lemos is a scholar of constitutional law, legal institutions, and procedure.  Her scholarship focuses on the institutions of law interpretation and enforcement and their effects on substantive rights. She writes in four related fields: federalism; administrative law, including the relationship between courts and agencies; statutory interpretation; and civil procedure. Her articles have been published in the Supreme Court Review as well as in the Harvard, New York University, Texas, Minnesota, Vanderbilt, and Notre Dame law reviews.

  • I'll Say What I Want: Hate Speech Policy & The First Amendment

    Recent events at Duke and around the country have raised the question of hate speech policies on college campuses. Can universities impose hate speech regulation? Do students really have the right to say whatever they want, even if it's offensive? Duke's Black Law Students Association sponsored a panel discussion with Professor Neil Siegel, Professor Stuart Benjamin, Professor Guy Charles, and Michael J. Schoenfeld, Vice President of Public Affairs and Government Relations at Duke University about the merits of hate crime policies from a constitutional and university perspective.

  • Fisher Round Two: Is Affirmative Action Finished?

    The Supreme Court heard Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin for the second time in December, 2015. How will the Court rule this time? Could this signal the demise of race-conscious admissions policies? The American Constitution Society presents Christopher Lott, Duke's Assistant University Counsel, Professor Thomas Metzloff, Professor Neil Siegel and Professor Guy Charles for a discussion on Fisher II and affirmative action in general. Sponsored by the American Constitution Society, Black Law Students Association, and Asian Law Students Association.

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