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Friday, April 17th

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Friday Afternoon Programs

2:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Reunion ’20 Registration
3rd Floor Fishman Loggia, Duke Law School

2:45 – 4:00 p.m.
Nasher Museum Guided Tour
Shuttle departs from Science Drive Entrance of Duke Law School at 2:45 p.m.
Discover amazing art through a tour of exhibitions with a knowledgeable Nasher Gallery Guide. The Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University is a major center for the arts in Durham and the surrounding region.  Since opening in 2005, the Nasher Museum has been dedicated to building a groundbreaking collection of contemporary art.

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3:15 – 4:30 p.m.
Tour of Cameron Indoor Stadium
Cameron Indoor Stadium, shuttle departs from Science Drive Entrance of Duke Law School at 3:15 p.m. and tour begins at 3:30 p.m.

3:30 – 5:00 p.m.
Class of 2000 gathering at Devil’s Krafthouse
Members of the Class of 2000 are invited to meet for an informal gathering at Devil’s Krafthouse, located in the Brodhead Center. A cash bar will be available.

3:45 – 5:00 p.m.
Tour of Duke Chapel
Duke Chapel, shuttle departs from Science Drive Entrance of Duke Law School at 3:45 p.m. and tour begins at 4:00 p.m.

4:00. – 5:15 p.m.
Class of 1970: Tour of Karsh Alumni and Visitors Center
Members of the class of 1970 will participate in a guided tour of the newly opened Karsh Alumni and Visitors Center. Shuttle departs from Science Drive Entrance of Duke Law School at 4:00 p.m. We recommend downloading the Duke Alumni app before your tour!

4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Tour of Duke Law School
3rd Floor Jaime Aleman Welcome Center, Duke Law School
Discover how Duke Law has changed since graduation on a tour of the school led by current students. Tours depart from the 3rd Floor Jaime Aleman Welcome Center at 4:00 and 4:30 p.m.

4:15 – 5:15 p.m.
Three Ways to Make the Most of Your Finances Through Philanthropy in 2020 and Beyond
Room 3000, Law School
The charitable planning experts at Duke will share some things for you to know in regards to the new tax laws, three ways to fulfill personal goals, such as providing for yourself and your loved ones or planning for retirement, while making a positive impact at a charity. Please join us for an informal discussion where we hope your questions will be answered.

4:15 – 5:15 p.m.
Duke Law Goes to Washington, D.C.
The Class of 1985 is hosting a conversation for all Reunion attendees featuring Walter Dellinger, Douglas B. Maggs Professor Emeritus of Law, and Duke Law alumni sharing their stories and experiences while serving in different areas of the government and public sector.

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Friday Evening Programs

5:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Duke Law Journal’s Annual Alumni Tribute Reception
(invitation open to all alumni who served on the DLJ staff as students)
Washington Duke Inn

5:00 – 6:00 p.m.
International Alumni Reception
J. Chou Bar, J.B. Duke Hotel

6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Reception for Members of the Star Circle, Lanty L. Smith Society, Barrister Donor Society, and Heritage Society
Washington Duke Inn
(invitation only)

7:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Child Care and Children’s Activities
Duke Law School
Child care, refreshments, and activities will be provided for children ages 2-12 while parents gather with classmates and enjoy the evening’s festivities.

Duke Law reunion gala


7:30 – 10:00 p.m.
Reunion ’20 Kick-Off Celebration (5th – 40th Reunion Classes)
Star Commons and Star Commons Mezzanine, Duke Law School
Kick off your reunion weekend fun with a strolling supper, bar, and time to reconnect with your classmates and Duke Law School.

7:30 – 10:00 p.m.
Reunion ’20 Kick-Off Celebration (45th – 55th and HCC Reunion Classes)
JB Duke Hotel
Kick off your reunion weekend fun with a strolling supper, full bar, and time to reconnect with your classmates and Duke Law School.  Please also join us for a special recognition of the Class of 1970 commemorating their 50th reunion.

10:00 – 11:30 p.m.
Class of 1990 gathering at J Chou Bar
Members of the class of 1990 are invited to gather at the J Chou Bar following the Kick-Off Celebration. A cash bar will be available.

10:00 – 11:30 p.m.
Class of 2005 gathering at Fullsteam Brewery
Members of the class of 2005 are invited to gather at Fullsteam Brewery following the Kick-Off Celebration. Shuttle departs from Science Drive Entrance of Duke Law School at 10:00 p.m. A cash bar will be available.

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Saturday, April 18th

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Saturday Morning Programs

7:15 – 10:00 a.m.
10th Annual Pine Cone Pacer: The Duke Forest 5K (SOLD OUT)
Gate 12 in the Durham Division, located off NC-751
Start Saturday morning with an exhilarating run through the Duke Forest at a very special 10th Anniversary of the Pine Cone Pacer: The Duke Forest 5K. Race starts promptly at 8. Please arrive early to check-in (7:15-7:45). Separate, advanced registration for this event is required at https://dukeforest.duke.edu/pcp/.

7:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Golf at the Washington Duke Inn (various tee times)
Duke Golf Course, West Campus
The Law School has reserved a limited number of tee times specifically for our alumni from 7:30 – 8:00 a.m. and 12:50 – 1:30 p.m. Contact the Duke University Golf Club between March 18 – April 9 to secure your play time or to request other golfing opportunities.  Call (919) 681-2288, and mention the “Duke Law Block.”

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8:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Reunion ’20 Registration
3rd Floor Fishman Loggia, Duke Law School

8:30 – 11:00 a.m.
Continental Breakfast
Cochran Loft, 3rd Floor Mezzanine, Duke Law School

9:00 – 10:00 a.m. 
DNA-Based Race? An Exploration of DNA Ancestry Tests, Racial Identity, and Anti-Discrimination Law with Trina Jones, Jerome M. Culp Professor of Law
Room 3041, Duke Law School
Americans have a complicated relationship with our heritage.  On one level, we are curious about our roots and how they shape who we are.  On another, we have an unfortunate history of relying on science to justify benefitting as well as disadvantaging particular individuals and social groups. The emergence of companies like Ancestry.com and 23andMe capitalizes on our desire to investigate our personal and collective pasts, but it also runs the risk of reifying the kind of biological notions of race and ethnicity that historically served as a basis for discrimination.  In this talk, Professor Jones will discuss some of the social and legal challenges presented by DNA ancestry testing.  For example, should employers have access to employees’ ancestry results?  Should a person who previously identified as White be able to bring a race discrimination claim, alleging that she is Black, if her DNA results reveal 18% sub-Saharan African ancestry?  Should this person count as Black for diversity purposes?  Although DNA ancestry testing remains relatively new, we invite you to think about how employers and various legal actors might use and respond to ancestry testing before any widespread practices or doctrinal developments take hold.

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10:15 – 11:15 a.m.
What Is Fraud? with Samuel W. Buell, Bernard M. Fishman Professor of Law
Room 3041, Duke Law School
People tend to assume that fraud is a simple concept, easily identified if not always quite so easy to prove in court.  This is true only when it comes to the rare Bernard Madoffs of the world.  It turns out that fraud is a highly contestable concept and, in the business world, a fascinatingly diverse phenomenon.  Understanding fraud—as both a behavior and a legal doctrine—is the key to grasping why white collar crime is so different from street crime and why, for example, it was always very unlikely that bankers involved in the mortgage-backed securities disaster of the early 2000s would end up in jail.  Using examples from recent corporate scandals, this session will illuminate the true nature of business fraud and explain why debates about what constitutes a white collar crime will always be with us.

11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Duke Law Gear Sale to Benefit PILF
Star Commons, Duke Law School
Shop for classic Duke Law apparel and accessories.  Proceeds benefit the Public Interest Law Foundation, which provides summer fellowships to students who wish to work in public interest positions.

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11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Dean Kerry Abrams’ Address & Annual Meeting of the Law Alumni Association
Room 3041, Duke Law School

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Saturday Afternoon Programs

12:30 – 2:00 p.m.
Alumni Family Picnic & BBQ
Marcy’s Garden and Noble Plaza, Duke Law School
Join us for a traditional southern barbecue and an afternoon of family fun, with lawn games and live music.

Duke Law reunion picnic


12:30 – 2:00 p.m.
Half-Century Club Lunch
Star Commons, Duke Law School
The classes of 1960, 1965, 1970, and all other Half-Century Club members gather for a private lunch.

12:50 – 2:00 p.m.
Golf at the Washington Duke Inn (various tee times)
Duke Golf Course, West Campus
The Law School has reserved a limited number of tee times specifically for our alumni from 7:30 – 8:00 a.m. and 12:50 – 1:30 p.m. Contact the Duke University Golf Club between March 18 – April 9 to secure your play time or to request other golfing opportunities.  Call (919) 681-2288, and mention the “Duke Law Block.”

1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Tours of Duke Law School
3rd Floor Jaime Aleman Welcome Center, Duke Law School
Discover how Duke Law has changed since graduation on a tour of the school led by current students. Tours depart from the 3rd Floor Jaime Aleman Welcome Center at 1:00 and 1:30 p.m.

2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Class of 1975 Duke Athletics Facility Tour
Members of the Class of 1975 are invited to join us for a tour of the Duke Athletics facilities. The tour will begin at 2:00 p.m. at Morton Plaza, which is the space between the Schwartz-Butters Athletic Center and Cameron Indoor Stadium.

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2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Class of 1990 Duke Athletics Facility Tour
Members of the Class of 1990 are invited to join us for a tour of the Duke Athletics facilities. The tour will begin at 2:00 p.m. at Morton Plaza, which is the space between the Schwartz-Butters Athletic Center and Cameron Indoor Stadium.

2:15 – 4:00 p.m.
Class of 1995 Gathering at Tobacco Road Sports Café
Members of the Class of 1995 are invited to gather at Tobacco Road Sports Café. A cash bar will be available. Bus departs from Science Drive Entrance of Duke Law School at 2:15 p.m.

2:15 – 4:00 p.m.
Class of 2000 Gathering at Tobacco Road Sports Café
Members of the Class of 2000 are invited to gather at Tobacco Road Sports Café. A cash bar will be available. Bus departs from Science Drive Entrance of Duke Law School at 2:15 p.m.

2:15 – 3:30 p.m.
Lemur Center Tours
See the world-renowned lemurs of Madagascar at the Duke Lemur Center.  Bus departs the Law School from Science Drive at 2:15 p.m., and tour begins promptly at 2:30 p.m.

2:30 – 3:45 p.m.
Bus Tour of Durham
See how much the Bull City has grown! This guided tour will take you through campus and to various sites to view the revitalization of downtown Durham. Bus departs from Science Drive Entrance of Duke Law School at 2:30 p.m.

3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Class of 2010 Duke Athletics Facility Tour
Members of the Class of 2010 are invited are invited to join us for a tour of the Duke Athletics facilities. The tour will begin at 3:00 p.m. at Morton Plaza, which is the space between the Schwartz-Butters Athletic Center and Cameron Indoor Stadium.

Saturday Evening Programs

4:15 – 6:45 p.m.
Class of 1963 Reception at the home of David Ross L’63
Shuttle will depart from the Washington Duke Inn at 4:15 p.m.

6:00 – 9:15 p.m.
Children’s Dinner
Washington Duke Inn

While the parents gather with classmates, children ages 2-12 are invited to a supervised dinner and child care with kid-friendly entertainment.  Dress comfortably and come ready to have fun!

6:00 – 6:45 p.m.
Class Dinners Cocktail Receptions
Washington Duke Inn and JB Duke Hotel

6:45 – 9:00 p.m.
Class Dinners
Washington Duke Inn and JB Duke Hotel

Share memories from your days at Duke Law while you enjoy a private dinner with your class.

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Sunday, April 19th

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10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Champagne Toast
(in conjunction with Duke University Reunion Weekend)
Sarah P. Duke Gardens, West Campus
Rain site: Cameron Indoor Stadium

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