Duke Law Center for Judicial Studies

Bridging the gap between academia and the bench and bar.

Center for Judicial Studies

By bringing together judges, practitioners, teachers, and key government officials, the Center for Judicial Studies fosters an interdisciplinary exploration of the judiciary and case-resolution process to achieve a better understanding of the judiciary and generate law-reform, improving the law.Read more




To do your job better, you have to understand how you do your job. And that's what I've gotten here.”

Magistrate Judge George C. Hanks Jr.,
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas, is a member of the inaugural Master of Laws in Judicial Studies class.


The Storied Third Branch

Current issue:

A Mentor to All
"By default, Judge Guy assumed the role of example and mentor to the handful of African-American attorneys who began to filter into the ranks of the Nevada State Bar. But Judge Guy didn’t stop there. He eagerly embraced the mantle of mentor to all whose paths he crossed, including criminal defendants who stood before him for sentencing. ..." writes Judge Johnnie B. Rawlinson, of Judge Addeliar D. ("Dell") Guy III

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