Durham Statement on Open Access to Legal Scholarship

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On 7 November 2008, the directors of the law libraries at the University of Chicago, Columbia University, Cornell University, Duke University, Georgetown University, Harvard University, New York University, Northwestern University, the University of Pennsylvania, Stanford University, the University of Texas, and Yale University met in Durham, North Carolina at the Duke Law School.

That meeting resulted in the "Durham Statement on Open Access to Legal Scholarship" (2009), which calls for all law schools to stop publishing their journals in print format and to rely instead on electronic publication coupled with a commitment to keep the electronic versions available in stable, open, digital formats.

Drafters of the Durham StatementThe original authors of the Durham Statement, at Duke Law School in November 2008. Top row, left to right: Dick Danner (Duke), Radu Popa (NYU), John Palfrey (Harvard), Claire Germain (Cornell), Paul George (University of Pennsylvania), Jim McMasters (Northwestern), Blair Kauffman (Yale). Bottow row: Paul Lomio (Stanford), Judith Wright (University of Chicago), Terry Martin (University of Texas).

As former Goodson Law Library Director Richard "Dick" Danner wrote in a preamble to the statement in 2009: "Particularly now, with growing financial pressures on law school budgets, ending print publication of law journals deserves serious consideration. Very few law journals receive enough in subscription income and royalties to cover their costs of operation. The Statement anticipates both that the costs for printing and mailing can be eliminated, and that law libraries can reduce their costs for subscribing to, processing, and preserving print journals. There are additional benefits in improving access to journals that are not now published in open access formats and in reducing paper consumption.

Each of the directors who signed the Statement agreed to take it to the dean of their school for discussion and signature. It has also been signed by the chief information officers at top U.S. law schools. The Statement is being posted and publicized in hopes that more signatures can be gathered and that all law schools will begin to moving toward accomplishing its goals."

In February 2021, directors of the signatory law libraries formed a new Durham Statement Review Task Force in order to explore the current status of the Statement’s adoption, examine barriers to adoption, and recommend best practices going forward, including potential revisions to the statement language. The group was comprised of members from Duke University (Jennifer L. Behrens, Associate Director for Administration & Scholarship), the University of Chicago (Todd Ito, Head of Instruction and Outreach), Stanford University (Grace Lo, Reference Librarian), and Yale University (Julian Aiken, Assistant Director for Access and Faculty Services). The Final Report of the Durham Statement Review Task Force was completed in August 2021.

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Richard A. Danner

Duke Law School

Margaret A. Fry

Georgetown University Law Center

Claire M. Germain

Cornell Law School

J. Paul Lomio

Stanford Law School

Kent McKeever

Columbia Law School

John G. Palfrey

Harvard Law School

Judith M. Wright

University of Chicago Law School

Patricia I. Donnelly

UC Berkeley School of Law

Wayne Miller

Duke Law School

Glen-Peter Ahlers

Barry University School of Law

Robert J. Nissenbaum

Fordham University School of Law

James D. Cox

Duke Law School

Timothy L. Coggins

University of Richmond School of Law

Christopher Knott

University of Maine School of Law

Filippa Marullo Anzalone

Boston College Law School

Thomas B. Metzloff

Duke Law School

James S. Heller

College of William & Mary School of Law

Steven D. Hinckley

Penn State Dickinson School of Law

Kathleen Vanden Heuvel

Boalt Hall, University of California School of Law

Steven M. Barkan

University of Wisconsin Law School

John B. Nann

Yale Law Library

Raizel Liebler

John Marshall Law School, Chicago

Joan S. Howland

University of Minnesota Law Library

Eric M. Fink

Elon University School of Law

Eli Edwards

Santa Clara University School of Law


Luis Villa

Columbia Science and Technology Law Review Vol. X Editor-in-Chief

Sara Burriesci

Georgetown University Law Library

Anthony Lux

Harvard Law School

Simon Canick

William Mitchell College of Law

Caroline L. Osborne

Washington and Lee University School of Law

Tracy L. Thompson-Przylucki


David Holt

Santa Clara University

Fang Wang

Texas Tech University Law Library

Benjamin J. Keele

College of William & Mary School of Law

Mihai Soare

Law Office Mihai Soare

Ulysses N. Jaen

Centro de Justicia

Roger Blackwell


Richard Leiter *

University of Nebraska College of Law

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Taylor Fitchett

University of Virginia Law School

Paul M. George

University of Pennsylvania School of Law

S. Blair Kauffman

Yale Law School

Harry S. (Terry) Martin III

University of Texas Law School

Jim McMasters

Northwestern University School of Law

Radu Popa

New York University Law School

Pablo Molina

Georgetown University Law Center

Michael Harvey

University of Texas School of Law

Lois Remeikis

Northwestern University School of Law

Kenneth J. Hirsh

University of Cincinnati Law School

Todd Melnick

Fordham University School of Law

Michael E. Tigar

Duke Law School

Kathleen M. Carrick

Case Western Reserve University School of Law

Keith Ann Stiverson

Chicago-Kent College of Law

Mark D. Engsberg

Emory University School of Law

Michael Chiorazzi

University of Arizona Rogers College of Law

Mark P. Bernstein

Saint Louis University Law School

Kevin Gerson

UCLA School of Law

Faye Jones

Florida State University College of Law

Meg Kribble

Harvard Law School Library

Kim Dulin

Harvard Law School

Michelle Pearse

Harvard Law School Library

Tom Boone

Loyola Law School

Susanna Leers

Barco Law Library, University of Pittsburgh School of Law

Dan Hunter

New York Law School

Suzie Shatarevyan

Loyola Law School, Los Angeles

Denise Grey

Harvard Law School

Roger V. Skalbeck

Georgetown University Law Center

Richard F. Breen

Willamette College of Law Library

Robert Truman

Lewis & Clark Law School

Marguerite Most

Duke Law School

Jeff Dunn

Harvard Law School

David C. Walker

Duncan School of Law, Lincoln Memorial University

John Kehayays


Ric Simmons

Moritz College of Law at The Ohio State University

Christine Ross

University of Florida

Joseph Hanlon

Taft Law School