Faculty Lives in Public Service: Professor James Coleman

April 17, 2007Duke Law News

For the final installment of the Faculty Lives in Public Service for 2006-2007, please join Professor Jim Coleman for an informal discussion about his representation of convicted serial killer Ted Bundy and how he has continued with his pro bono representation throughout his years as a private attorney at a larger firm and as a professor at Duke Law School. Pizza will be served. For more information, contact Public Interest & Pro Bono Board Members and Faculty Lives Co-directors Laura Durity and Katherine Scott.

Professor Coleman also will talk about his current work with the American Bar Association and in North Carolina seeking a moratorium on executions. He will discuss his role as a founder of the NC Innocence Project and the work done by the Wrongful Convictions course he teaches with Dean Newman.

Coleman was formerly a partner in Wilmer Cutler in D.C. In private practice, he specialized in federal court and administrative litigation; he also represented criminal defendants in capital collateral proceedings. His most infamous client was Ted Bundy, whom he represented in Florida in the 1970s. In 1976, Coleman joined the Legal Services Corporation, where he served for two years as an assistant general counsel. In 1978, he conducted an investigation of two members of Congress as chief counsel for the U.S. House of Representatives' Committee on Standards of Official Conduct. In 1980, he served as a deputy general counsel for the U.S. Department of Education. At Duke Law, he teaches criminal law, legal ethics, negotiation and mediation, and capital punishment.