Supporting Faculty

OUR GOAL: We seek to substantially increase donor investments in faculty and research to ensure Duke Law can continue to attract and retain profes­sors who are scholars and teachers of the highest caliber. Through the Duke Forward campaign we will secure funding for seven new dis­tinguished professorships; two new professor of the practice positions; two visiting distinguished professor­ships; and general and programmatic faculty excellence funds.

The challenges our society faces — from climate change and financial regulation to health care reform and human rights — have important legal dimensions. Duke Law faculty help shape conversations on these issues through their scholarship, research, and counsel. They provide testimony at congressional hearings, comment publicly on policies and legislation, and consult with organizations and government agencies around the world. Their work enhances their teaching as they engage students with the opportunity to grapple with real-world problems and develop innovative solutions. And our professors love to teach.

Through the Duke Forward campaign, we seek increased investment in faculty and research to ensure Duke Law can continue to attract and retain professors who are scholars and teachers of the highest caliber. Endowed professorships support distinguished scholars who thrive in our collaborative environment and drive our reputation for excellence.

Read more about how philanthropy supports Duke Law faculty:


Knowledge in the Service of Society

Illuminating the debate over health care reform

Professor Neil SiegelProfessor Neil Siegel, co-director of the Duke Program in Public Law, has been a leading voice in the public debate on health care reform, testifying before Congress, offering public commentary, and developing scholarship that has influenced policymakers, pundits and, possibly, Supreme Court justices. Read more

Serving above the din of politics

Professor H. Jefferson PowellProfessor H. Jefferson Powell, a leading scholar of constitutional theory and history, also has a long record of public service, most recently as deputy assistant attorney general in the Office of Legal Counsel at the U.S. Department of Justice. After his recent service at the DOJ, he has set forth two messages about the workings of the political machine: (1) not everything is broken, ugly and partisan, and (2) there is no need why any of our political life has to be what much of it has become. Read more

Supporting innovation through scholarship

Professor Arti RaiArti Rai, the Elvin R. Latty Professor of Law and a noted expert in patent law and innovation policy, served in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, heading the policy analysis for legislation that became the America Invents Act. She integrates lessons learned from public policy work into her highly interdisciplinary, and highly renowned, scholarship. Her latest work explains why patents aren’t the sole incentive for exploring new uses for existing drug compounds. Read more


How can you support Duke Law faculty?

  • $5,000,000: named dean’s chair
  • $2,500,000: named professorship
  • $1,500,000: named assistant professorship or professor of the practice
  • $1,000,000: named visiting professorship
  • $100,000 and up: named faculty excellence fund
  • Gifts of any amount to the faculty development fund

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