The Center for Judicial Studies holds bench-bar-academy conferences, inviting a wide range of prominent bench leaders, government officials, senior-level plaintiff and defense lawyers, technical experts, and academics to address emerging or pressing legal issues, providing them an opportunity to develop positions that can guide government policy-makers and decision-makers. Following a conference, the Center may select individuals to prepare under its leadership best practices, guidelines, or other written guidance. Any work product or publication of a Center-held conference may not necessarily reflect the official position of Duke Law School as an entity or of its faculty or of any other organization. The Center takes no institutional position on legal or other issues. Every Center publication stands on its own, and its value judged solely on the merits of its contents.
The Duke Conference Publications
I. DISCOVERY PROPORTIONALITY
- Guidelines and Practices for Implementing the 2015 Discovery Amendments to Achieve Proportionality (Annotated Version - August 20, 2016) - PDF format and WORD format
Guidelines and Practices for Implementing the 2015 Discovery Amendments to Achieve Proportionality (Dec. 2015) (Judicature)
- RELATED DOCUMENT: Chief Justice Year-End Report (2015)
II. MASS-TORT MDLs
- Standards and Best Practices For Large and Mass-Tort MDLs (Executive Summary) (Dec. 2014)
Standards and Best Practices For Large and Mass-Tort MDLs (Extended Version) (Dec. 2014)
- RELATED DOCUMENT: Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) - Pending MDLs by District as of August 15, 2016
Response to Professor Suja Thomas’s Opinion Piece
A few points about the November 5, 2015, letter from Professor Suja Thomas posted on Law360.
Professor Thomas’s letter on the Duke Law School Center for Judicial Studies and the Guidelines and Practices developed by a distinguished group of practitioners – drawn from both sides of the “v” – is based on an incorrect understanding of the Duke Center, the process used to generate the Guidelines and Practices, and the role the Guidelines and Practices are intended to serve.
The Storied Third Branch: Rich Tradition of Honorable Service Seen through Eyes of Judges
On Sept. 1, 2012, the Center launched the inaugural edition of The Storied Third Branch, a repository of short stories about judges, told by judges. As new stories are received, they will be added. State and federal court judges are invited to submit stories directly to email@example.com.