Meet the Duke Law Class of 2020
Two-hundred fourteen JD students are now immersed in their first-year classes.
On the Ground
Students share their experiences working with asylum-seeking families at a south Texas detention center.
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Prof. Siegel discuss the Court’s recent and upcoming terms, the importance of consensus, and Ginsburg’s legacy at D.C. Summer Institute event.
Guantanamo Defense Clinic
Since 2005, Duke’s Guantanamo Defense Clinic has played a key role in framing legal challenges to Guantanamo military commission proceedings. Supervised by Professor Madeline Morris and Lecturing Fellow Gabriela McQuade ’10, students work with military and civilian defense counsel to formulate theories, develop research, and draft pleadings and arguments for use at all levels of Guantanamo litigation, from pre-trial motions to Supreme Court litigation. Students also have participated in the legislative arena, working on both the Military Commissions Act of 2006 and forward-looking counterterrorism law and policy. Through these endeavors, the Clinic has amassed a singular institutional memory for the Guantanamo military commission proceedings and associated legislative and executive activity.
“It meant a lot to hear from the lawyers that, ‘We’ve read that memo 40 times and never picked out that line.’ It shows how many legal discoveries really can be that basic and how well prepared we can be already, as students, to help out.”
— Dennis Schmelzer JD/LLM ’09 developed an original theory based on an Army regulation pertaining to combatant status determinations during his time in the Guantanamo Defense Clinic; his theory was incorporated into the brief for the petitioner in Boumediene v. Bush before the U.S. Supreme Court
- New certificate helps students get head start on public interest careers
- Morris comments on future of Guantanamo prison
- Morris discusses the law of war, American military power, and the incoming Trump administration
- Morris comments on potential impact of Palestine joining International Criminal Court
- Clinic students get inside view of military commissions while working on Guantanamo cases