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Marily Nixon

Marily Nixon

Marily Nixon is a senior lecturing fellow at Duke Law School and the director of the SILLC program. Prior to joining the faculty of the SILLC summer institute, Professor Nixon practiced law for more than 20 years with large corporate law firms, local government, and environmental NGOs. She has taught business writing at Duke’s Nicholas School of the Environment and legal writing at the Southern Environmental Law Center. She has also taught at the University of Richmond and is a Professor of Practice at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. Professor Nixon is a graduate of Duke University and received her Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Virginia School of Law, where she was on the the Virginia Law Review. She speaks Italian and French and has traveled extensively abroad.

Melissa Hanson

Melissa Hanson

Melissa Hanson teaches first-year Legal Analysis, Research, and Writing, as well as an upper-level writing course on Electronic Discovery. Prior to joining the Duke Law faculty, Hanson taught Legal Writing, Federal Courts, Employment Law, and Employment Discrimination at Florida State University’s College of Law. In 2017, Hanson was the first Legal Writing professor at FSU to be awarded the university-wide Graduate Teaching Award.

Prior to teaching, Hanson spent 11 years as a career law clerk to two federal judges, Magistrate Judge Monte C. Richardson and Judge Brian J. Davis of the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida. Hanson began her career in private practice at Foley & Lardner, where she specialized in labor and employment litigation for seven years.

Hanson graduated second in her class from the University of Florida College of Law, where she served on the Law Review and was elected to the Order of the Coif. She received her bachelor of science degree from the University of California, Berkeley.


SILLC is a launch pad for international LLMs, especially for people coming to live in the U.S. for the first time. You can learn fundamentals regarding the U.S. legal system, history and culture. In addition, you will make friends with people from around the world. I highly recommend this program for everyone who would like to begin the LLM program with new friends and good preparation.

Shuya Ogawa '14, Japan
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