The Center for Judicial Studies gratefully acknowledges the financial support of its sponsors for The Duke Conferences. The Center’s law-reform conferences and other related programs rely on the generosity of sponsors and alumni donations.
All Center-related sponsorship fees, conference registration fees, and donations are collected in a general fund of Duke Law School, except for the Center’s Master of Judicial Studies LLM program for state, federal, and international judges. (Funding of the LLM program is derived exclusively from an endowment generously provided by The Duke Endowment and from donations from Duke Law alumni to that endowed fund.) Center conferences and institutes are self-funded, and the reimbursement of travel and lodging expenses incurred by judges and others who are invited to participate in Center-held conferences are entirely offset by the registration fees collected for each conference. The Duke Law School general operating-expense fund covers Center staff expenses, including salaries and fringe benefits.
The Center’s management of sponsorship fees is consistent with Advisory Opinion No. 67, Judicial Conference of the United States, Committee on Codes of Conduct (June 2009), which addresses inquiries as to whether judges may attend seminars and similar educational programs organized, sponsored, or funded by entities other than the federal judiciary. As noted, under the Code of Conduct for United States Judges, Canon 4 and its Commentary, “judges are encouraged to take part in law-related activities.” And a judge’s participation in law-related activities is encouraged because “[a]s a judicial officer and a person specially learned in the law, a judge is in a unique position to contribute to the law, the legal system, and the administration of justice, including revising substantive and procedural law and improving criminal and juvenile justice.” Commentary to Canon 4.
Consistent with Advisory Opinion No. 67, the Center has numerous financial contributors, “none of which contributes a substantial portion of the cost [of a particular conference or other Center-presented program].” The Center’s Advisory Council of 25 members and other sponsors, and the amounts of their sponsorships are publicly available. As noted in Advisory Opinion No. 67, “when no single entity contributes more than a small proportion of a seminar’s cost, there is little reason for concern about the identity of individual contributors as the resulting benefits are too minor and attenuated to create ethical concerns.” In addition, all Center-held programs are funded by general contributions to the Center and no program or conference is funded by contributions earmarked for it. Accordingly, “the benefits being provided are attributable to the [Center] and not the underlying contributors.” The Center exercises final control over the curriculum, faculty, and invitation list.
Thank you to our 2015-16 sponsors!
Founding Members ($25,000)
Garden City Group, LLC
Gold Sponsors ($10,000)
Silver Sponsors ($7,500)
BOSTON SCIENTIFIC CORP.
CRAWFORD & CO.
GE’S POWER AND WATER
MERCK & CO.
STATE FARM INSURANCE CO.
Silver Sponsors ($5,000)
GIRARD GIBBS LLP
GRANT EISENHOFER PA
KESSLER TOPAZ MELTZER & CHECK LLP
KING & SPALDING LLP
KIRKLAND & ELLIS LLP
KOZYAK TROPIN & THROCKMORTON
LIEFF CABRASER HEIMANN & BERNSTEIN LLP
MOTLEY RICE LLC
QUINN EMANUEL URQUHART & SULLIVAN LLP
ROBBINS GELLER RUDMAN & DOWD LLP
PODHURST ORSECK PA
SEEGER WEISS LLP
SKADDEN ARPS SLATE MEAGHER & FLOM LLP
STONE PIGMAN WALTHER & WITTMANN LLC