Judicial Studies at Duke Law

Duke Law School is a leader in the study of the judiciary. Home to one of the top law faculties in the world, Duke has established a strong tradition in judicial studies thanks to innovative scholarship by faculty such as Jack Knight and Mitu Gulati and the leadership of Dean David F. Levi, a former federal judge (Chief Judge of the Eastern District of California) who has served on and led national committees related to judicial practice and procedure.

In recent years, Duke Law School has hosted two conferences that brought together academics and judges for the first time to comprehensively evaluate the field of judicial studies and examine ways to bridge the gap between academic studies and actual court administration and practice. In February 2009, the Duke Law Journal Symposium addressed the topic of “Measuring Judges and Justice.” In September 2009, a conference funded by the National Science Foundation addressed the topic of “Evaluating Judging, Judges, and Judicial Institutions.

In May 2010, Duke Law School hosted the 2010 Civil Litigation Review Conference, which addressed a number of emerging and critical issues relating to civil litigation and court administration.

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Papers Written by/with Duke Law Faculty







  • “Institutionalizing Constitutional Democracy: A Strategic Analysis of the Role of the Courts,” (with Lee Epstein) in Irwin Morris, Joe Oppenheimer and Karol E. Soltan, eds. Politics From Anarchy to Democracy (Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press), 2004.