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Contributing to the national dialogue on same-sex marriage

Duke Law faculty have offered their expertise on the legal issues underpinning the same-sex marriage debate in the form of scholarship, amicus briefs, and public commentary leading up to the Supreme Court's oral arguments in Obergefell v. Hodges.

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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.

  • Zephyr Teachout | Corruption in America: From Benjamin Franklin's Snuff Box to Citizens United

    In observance of National Library Week, Duke Law alum and author Zephyr Teachout '99 speaks about her new book "Corruption in America: From Benjamin Franklin's Snuff Box to Citizens United."

    Co-sponsored by the Goodson Law Library, the American Constitution Society, and the Program in Public Law.

  • LENS Conference 2015 | Public v. Private: Intrusive Cyberactivities in the Age of Forever War

    The 2015 LENS Conference, Law in the Age of 'Forever War', focuses on the legal issues that accompany warfare in a time when technology, relationships between nations, and the abilities of non-state actors to affect the international stage, are all changing rapidly. Speakers address some of the difficult issues that have come to define modern law as it relates to warfare: targeting, surveillance, home-grown terrorism, intelligence gathering in the digital age, ensuring human rights and civil liberties. Moderator: David Hoffman, Director of Security Policy & Global Privacy Officer, Intel Corporation Professor Christopher Schroeder, Charles S. Murphy Professor of Law and Public Policy Studies Co-Director of the Program in Public Law, Duke Law School Erin Wirtanen, Office of the General Counsel, Central Intelligence Agency Greg Nojeim, Senior Counsel, Center for Democracy & Technology and Director of its Freedom, Security & Technology Project.

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