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Marily Nixon

Marily Nixon

Marily Nixon is a Senior Lecturing Fellow at Duke Law School and 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.

Marilyn Forbes


Marilyn Forbes is a Senior Lecturing Fellow at Duke Law.  She teaches Negotiation, Ethics for Civil Litigators, Pretrial Litigation, and Legal Interviewing and Counseling. Ms. Forbes is an experienced mass tort and products liability lawyer.  She entered private practice with Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, PLLC, after first clerking for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina.  She has been named to Best Lawyers in America® annually from 2008-2018.  In 2015, 2017 and 2018 she was named “Lawyer of the Year”, Product Liability Litigation, Defendants – Raleigh. She has spent her career handling cases through the United States, including California, Louisiana, Mississippi, West Virginia, New York, and Florida.  In 2011, she was honored by receiving the Firm’s Outstanding Service to Clients award. She has served on the Firm’s Management Committee, its Executive Committee, the team leader for a products liability litigation group, and its pro bono board.  Forbes received her JD from Wake Forest University School of Law in 1981and her BA with high honors from The Pennsylvania State University in 1976.  She spent a year between her undergraduate degree and law school as a VISTA volunteer with Kentucky Legal Services. Forbes remains Of Counsel with Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP.

Forbes has served the Bar as a NITA Faculty Member, UNC-Chapel Hill Trial Skills Program, on the 10th Judicial District Grievance Committee, and on the Professionalism Committee for the Wake County Bar.  She has been active in the American Bar Association, and has previously served as co-chair of the Corporate Counsel Subcommittee of the ABA Litigation Section’s Woman Advocate Committee and as a vice chair of the ABA TIPS Animal Law Section.  Forbes has also been very active in community service, and has served on numerous nonprofit boards, including as the president of the Board of Directors for the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina.  Forbes has also served on the Board of Visitors for the Wake Forest University School of Law, the Board of Directors for the Animal Legal Defense Fund, and the Advisory Board for the Wake County SPCA.

Forbes is admitted to practice in the United States Supreme Court, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States District Court for the Eastern and Middle Districts of North Carolina.



SILLC is a launch pad for international LLMs, especially for people coming to live in the US for the first time. You can learn fundamentals regarding the US 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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