Duke Law Family Weekend

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Welcome to Duke Law's Family Weekend 2018!

Please join us February 17-18, 2018 for our annual Duke Law Family Weekend. The Duke Bar Association has planned a weekend of fun events that will give our closest family members a view into our lives as Duke Law students. On Saturday, we will begin with a Welcome Breakfast and Registration at 9:00 a.m, and a performance from our a capella group, Off the Record. Following the breakfast, we will have a mock class, student and alumni panels and school tours. That evening will be our PILF Acution & Gala, a can’t miss event supporting our public interest students. Sunday, will include Lemur Center Tours and a watch party at Clouds Brewery to enjoy the Duke vs. Clemson basketball game.

Please take a moment to RSVP for the weekend's festivities, if you have not already, at the following link: Please contact the Duke Bar Association External Vice President Lauren Schwartz at with any inquiries.

Tentative Schedule of Events

Saturday, February 17, 2018
Registration and Light Breakfast in Star Commons (plus, a special a capella performance) 

9:00 am, Star Commons

Mock Classes by Professor Kimberly Krawiec and Professor Nita Farahany

10:00 am, Duke Law School

Student and Alumni Panels

11:15 pm, Duke Law School

School Tours

12:15 pm, Star Commons

PILF Action and Gala

6:30 pm, The Washington Duke Hotel 

Join Duke Law's Public Interest Law Foundation (PILF) for the 22nd Annual PILF Auction & Gala on Saturday, February 17, 2018 at 6:30 pm! The PILF Auction & Gala is an annual cocktail party fundraiser that helps support students interested in pursuing public interest internships and careers. Silent and live auction items in past years have included a law school parking lot pass, Duke Basketball paraphernalia, Broadway tickets, dinners with professors, and more. Don't miss one of the biggest social events on the Duke Law calendar! Advance tickets will be sold at the law school in the week preceding the event.

Sunday, February 18, 2018
Duke Lemur Center Tours

9:00 & 10:00 am, Duke Lemur Center

Visit the world’s largest collection of lemurs, outside of Madagascar. Spaces are limited and must be reserved during Saturday’s Registration Breakfast.

Duke v. Clemson Game Watch

1:00 pm, Clouds Brewery, Durham

Please join us at Clouds Brewery to watch the Duke vs. Clemson game. There will be a cash bar and food will be provided for all. 

Please note: Parking will be provided in the lot directly behind the law school.

Additional Suggestions

Brunch - Quick Stop
  • Monuts Donuts (might be the hottest breakfast spot in Durham at the moment; build your own biscuit / bagel sandwich; new storefront on 9th street relocated from downtown; oh, and the donuts are pretty good, too.)
  • Guglhupf (award-winning; German-inspired artisan bakery serving upscale comfort food featuring local ingredients)
  • Scratch (a 2013 semifinalist for the James Beard Outstanding Pastry Chef award, Scratch offers a creative brunch menu; crowd favorites include the “SOS” and “Donut Muffin”)
  • Elmo’s Diner (a twist on the classic greasy-spoon diner experience and a favorite of Duke students)
  • Parker and Otis (both a restaurant and a gift shop; you are likely to walk out with takeout gourmet foods, cheeses, wine, candy, candles, soap, even a bowtie; good coffee bar)
Brunch - Make a Reservation
  • City Kitchen (CK in Chapel Hill offers “wholesome American fare prepared through simple, time-honored cooking methods such as roasting, braising, preserving and smoking”)
  • Rue Cler (French continental in downtown Durham; “in the style of a Parisian neighborhood restaurant” – the beignets are a must)
  • Weathervane (located adjacent to Southern Season in Chapel Hill’s University Mall; Weathervane offers contemporary cuisine with a Southern flair; if the weather is right, inquire about the scenic outdoor patio)
  • Harvest 18 (located near Southpoint in Durham; H18 is “where southern hospitality celebrates seasonal ingredients; over 80% of H18 cuisine is sourced locally; the Pamlico Sound Shrimp & Eggs Benedict is something special)
  • Vin Rouge (French continental on 9th Street; award-winning restaurant with a warm, cozy atmosphere)
Brunch - Miscellaneous
  • Rise (competes with Monuts for best donuts in Durham; excellent build-your-own biscuit sandwiches; close to Southpoint Mall)
  • Sunrise Biscuit Kitchen (featured on the Travel Channel’s “Food Paradise,” SBK is a Chapel Hill institution for almost fifty years; classic North Carolina biscuit sandwiches; drive-thru only restaurant where most patrons eat in the car)
  • Wicked Biscuit (popular food truck in Durham; parked outside of Cocoa Cinnamon until noon on Sundays; excellent biscuits and sausage gravy; while you wait, grab a cup of coffee from the award-winning Cocoa Cinnamon!)
  • Allen and Sons (the best barbecue in the Triangle, Keith Allen’s spot is revered in North Carolina ‘Que circle; unique East-meets-West Carolina style… pork shoulder rather than whole hog, but with an East-style vinegar based sauce… A&S has won many awards over the years and attracts a national following… also a haunt of North Carolina political icons… Keith says “I just want to taste the smoke!”... get the barbecue plate, don’t mess with success)
  • Dame’s Chicken and Waffles (downtown Durham chicken and waffles; come hungry, leave satisfied)
Things to Do - Around Duke
  • Nasher Art Museum (permanent collection at Duke ranging from ancient to modern art; including changing exhibitions, programs, and scholarly publications)
  • Sarah P. Duke Gardens (“the crown jewel of Duke University, SPD gardens provides a place where people of all backgrounds come for renewal and inspiration”... no tickets required)
  • Washington Duke Golf Course (a world class 18-hole course home to the Duke Golf Teams)
  • Duke Chapel (the iconic image of Duke; the Chapel interior is breathtaking; note: Sunday services at 11:00am with tours available afterwards)
Things to Do - Around Durham
  • Staggville Plantation (Tour Durham’s only remaining plantation, which was one of the largest in the antebellum South)
  • Bennett Place  (While Appomattox Court House might be more famous, in Durham you can visit the site of the largest troop surrender of the Civil War)
  • Motown the Musical at DPAC (the Sunday matinee is sold out from DPAC, but check stubhub and other discount ticket resale sites if you want to go!)
  • Eno River State Park (Located just North of Durham, the park’s five public access areas feature twenty-four miles of hiking trails, canoe launches, picnic areas, and historic structures)
  • Grab a Drink at a Local Watering Hole
    • Fullsteam Bewery (a Durham favorite local brewery and bar located in downtown; picnic table seating and board games!)
    • Cocoa Cinnamon (award-winning small coffee shop near Fullsteam Brewery)

Recommended Hotels

1.Hilton Durham near Duke University

3800 Hillsborough Rd.

Durham, NC 27705

(919) 383-8033

5 minutes from both Duke Law and downtown Durham.

2.Durham Marriott City Center

201 Foster St.

Durham, NC 27701

(919) 768-6000

10 minutes from Duke Law, located in the heart of downtown Durham.

3.Double Tree by Hilton - Raleigh / Durham

2515 Meridian Parkway

Durham, NC 27713 

(919) 361-4660

Located conveniently near the Raleigh-Durham Airport.  

4.Washington Duke Inn and Golf Club

3001 Cameron Blvd.

Durham, NC 27705

(919) 490-0999

Located less than a block from Duke Law, beautiful hotel and golf course on Duke's campus.