The Duke Conferences

The Duke Conference: Bench-Bar-Academy Distinguished Lawyers’ Series

The Center for Judicial Studies holds annual bench-bar-academy conferences that identify serious problems in the law, develop practical solutions, and effect real improvements in laws, rules, and regulations. The conferences bring together prominent bench leaders, government officials, senior-level lawyers, technical experts, and academics to address emerging legal issues and develop consensus positions that will guide government policy-makers and decision-makers.

The conferences are invitation only inviting 15 judges, 1-5 scholars, and 75 senior-level lawyers. The number of participants is limited to permit prominent judges, lawyers, and academics to discuss important issues fully and frankly in a collaborative environment. All invited to these conferences are expected to actively participate in discussions.

Upcoming Conferences

Mass-Tort MDL Program for Judicial Conference Committees (CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC)
October 8, 2015
Duke Law School, Durham, NC
Second Multidistrict Litigation Institute
November 9-10, 2015
Arlington, VA (near Reagan National Airport)

Duke Law/ABA Litigation Section Discovery Proportionality Programs
  New York, NY - November 10, 2015, 5:00 p.m. (S.D.N.Y. Courthouse)
  Philadelphia, PA - November 12, 2015 8:30 a.m. (E.D. Pa. Courthouse)
  Newark, NJ - November 12, 2015, 3:45 p.m. (N.J. Courthouse)
  St. Louis, MO - December 3, 2015, 8:30 a.m. (E.D. Mo. Courthouse)
  Atlanta, GA - December 4, 2015, 8:30 a.m. (N.D. Ga. Courthouse)

  Chicago, IL - December 7, 2015, 8:30 a.m. (N.D. Ill. Courthouse)
Washington DC - December 8, 2015, 3:00 p.m. (D.D.C. Courthouse)
  Los Angeles, CA - January 27, 2016, 8:30 a.m. (C.D. Ca. Courthouse)
  San Francisco, CA - January 28, 2016, 8:30 a.m. (N.D. Ca. Courthouse)
  Phoenix, AZ - March 3, 2016, 8:30 a.m. (D. Ariz. Courthouse)
  Denver, CO - March 4, 2016, 8:30 a.m.
  Dallas, TX - March 31, 2016, 8:30 a.m. (N.D. Tx. Courthouse)
  Miami, FL - April 1, 2016, 8:30 a.m.

PLEASE NOTE:  Italicized dates are still pending confirmation and may be subject to change.

Past Conferences

Class-Action Settlement Conference
July 23-24, 2015
Arlington, VA (near Reagan National Airport)
U.S. Tax Court Judicial Conference
May 21-22, 2015
Durham, NC (Duke University)
Multidistrict Litigation Institute
April 9-10, 2015
Dallas, TX (near the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport)
Implementing Discovery Proportionality Standard
November 13-14, 2014
Arlington, VA (near Reagan National Airport) 
Multidistrict Litigation Best Practices
September 11-12, 2014
Arlington, VA (near Reagan National Airport)
Patent Law Institute
May 13-17, 2013
Duke Law School
Future of Multidistrict Litigation
May 2-3, 2013
Arlington, VA (near Reagan National Airport)  
Technology-Assisted Review: A Critical Analysis
April 19, 2013
Washington, DC   
Protected-Privacy Data Conference
November 29-30, 2012
Durham, NC
Presidential and Judicial Oversight of Administrative Agencies
April 27, 2012
Duke Law School