Videos tagged with Program in Public Law

  • The Supreme Court will hear argument in United States v. Arthrex, Inc. on March 1, 2021. The issue before the Court is the application of the Appointments Clause to judges of the Patent Trial and Appeals Board, a tribunal established by Congress in 2012 within the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The decision below by the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit held that administrative patent judges were principal officers under the Constitution.

  • Moderated by Duke Law Professor Marin K. Levy, this panel discussion with fellow Duke Law Professors Curt Bradley, Guy Charles, Kate Evans, Stephen Sachs, and Jim Salzman covers what we might expect from the Biden administration. Specific topics include immigration, environmental policy, voting rights, the judiciary, and foreign affairs.

    Sponsored by the Office of the Dean and the Program in Public Law.

  • Moderated by Guy Charles, Edward and Ellen Schwarzman Professor of Law, this panel discusses the current state of the lawsuits challenging the election results as well as questions around the transfer of power from one administration to the next. Experts in democratic theory and constitutional law, including Jack Goldsmith, Henry L.

  • The Duke Law community came together to honor the life and legacy of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Remarks were delivered from those who knew Justice Ginsburg personally or studied, taught, or engaged with her life's work.

    We have also set up a KudoBoard to allow members of the Duke community to share the ways in which Justice Ginsburg has influenced or inspired them (

    Sponsored by The Women's Law Students Association, the Program in Public Law, and the Dean's Office.

  • Why has judicial review in the United States evolved into such a vastly different concept than judicial review in the UK and most other common law jurisdictions? New Zealand Court of Appeal Justice David Collins offers a comparative analysis. Justice Collins is a 2018 graduate of Duke Law's Master of Judicial Studies program and is visiting Duke as the Bolch Judicial Institute's Distinguished Judge in Residence.

    Co-sponsored by the Bolch Judicial Institute and the Program in Public Law.

  • New Zealand Court of Appeal Justice David Collins discusses proposals to expand the United States Supreme Court and the principal arguments against court packing. Justice Collins is a 2018 graduate of Duke Law's Master of Judicial Studies program and is visiting Duke as the Bolch Judicial Institute's Distinguished Judge in Residence.

    Co-sponsored by the Bolch Judicial Institute and the Program in Public Law.

  • Michael Dreeben '81, former U.S. Deputy Solicitor General, discusses his life in the law with Dean Kerry Abrams. From 1988 through 2019, Michael served in the Office of Solicitor General in the U.S. Department of Justice, first as an Assistant to the Solicitor General and then as a Deputy Solicitor General. As Deputy Solicitor General from 1994 to 2019, he supervised the criminal docket for the United States in the U.S. Supreme Court and argued 105 cases before the Court. In June 2017, Michael was detailed to Office of Special Counsel Robert S.

  • Duke Law Professors Curtis Bradley, Margaret Lemos, Stephen Sachs and Ernest Young discuss the future direction of the Supreme Court in light of the replacement of Justice Kennedy with Justice Kavanaugh. Moderated by Marin Levy.

    Sponsored by The Program in Public Law.

  • Professors Trina Jones, Thavolia Glymph, H. Jefferson Powell, and Neil Siegel give their perspectives on the historical and contemporary significance and implications of monuments as well as other symbols in the wake of recent events in Charlottesville, Virginia, and elsewhere.

    Sponsored by the Program in Public Law.

  • Few subjects inspire more debate than guns. Do gun laws work? Are restrictions on gun ownership constitutional? Should gun companies be held responsible when criminals misuse their products? The Program in Public Law welcomed Alla Lefkowitz '10, Staff Attorney at Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, to discuss how these issues are addressed in the courts. The talk addressed recent developments in Second Amendment law, and provided an introduction to civil lawsuits brought by victims of gun violence against gun manufacturers and sellers.

  • The Program in Public Law welcomes Tristan Duncan T'84, Duke alum, partner and trial lawyer at Shook, Hardy & Bacon, to speak on her involvement in the school finance case Petrella v. Brownback, as well as her work with Kurt Vonnegut, and other American icons, and building a constitutional law practice in general.

    Recorded on March 31, 2016.

    Full title: When Failure Is Success in Constitutional Litigation: Tales From the Trenches With Kurt Vonnegut & Other American Icons.

  • The Program in Public Law sponsored this event to honor the memory of Associate Justice Antonin Scalia, who died in February 2016. In his thirty years of service on the Court, Justice Scalia significantly influenced the ways that judges, lawyers, and the public think, talk, and write about the law, the Constitution, and the Court. Former Scalia clerk and litigation partner William Jay of Goodwin Procter, Professors Neil Siegel, Ernest Young, and Margaret Lemos discuss the life and legacy of this influential jurist.

  • Professor Jeffrey L. Fisher - one of the most experienced and successful appellate advocates in the country - discusses his practice before the United States Supreme Court. Fisher leads Stanford's Supreme Court clinic. In an interview with Professor Lisa Kern Griffin, he addresses the cert. process and the Supreme Court's case selection, the role of oral argument, and some of his recent cases concerning marriage equality, digital privacy, and other criminal procedure issues.

    Sponsored by the Program in Public Law.

  • 2015 marks the 150th anniversary of the Thirteenth Amendment, commemorated here with a panel discussion on its history and contemporary relevance. Panelists include Professor Darrell Miller (Duke Law), Professor Laura Edwards (Duke History), and Professor George Rutherglen (Virginia Law).

    Sponsored by the Center on Law, Race and Politics, the American Constitution Society, and the Program in Public Law.

  • In his latest book, After Nature: A Politics for the Anthropocene, Professor Jedediah Purdy defines and details the Anthropocene epoch - the age of humans - and calls for a new way of thinking about political, legal, and cultural solutions to environmental problems. Tracing critical changes in our relationship with the natural world, the book has been praised by critics for its depth and urgency. In an era where humans and the environment are inextricably tied, how do we approach environmental politics, economics and ethics?

  • The Program in Public Law presents its Annual Supreme Court Preview. Duke Law professors Lisa Griffin, Tom Metzloff, Darrell Miller, and Neil Siegel offer a preview of the Supreme Court's October 2015 Term.

  • In observance of National Library Week, Duke Law alum and author Zephyr Teachout '99 speaks about her new book "Corruption in America: From Benjamin Franklin's Snuff Box to Citizens United."

    Co-sponsored by the Goodson Law Library, the American Constitution Society, and the Program in Public Law.

  • Walter E. Dellinger delivers his lecture, "America's Greatest Lawyer: Abraham Lincoln in Private Law and Public Life." Dellinger is the Douglas B. Maggs Professor of Law at Duke Law School. He has also served as acting Solicitor General, Assistant Attorney General, and head of the Office of Legal Counsel.

    Sponsored by the Program in Public Law.

  • A discussion of the status of marriage equality in North Carolina and across the United States, the panelists analyze the strategy choices that accompany nationwide civil rights litigation, the practical and theoretical issues surrounding equal protection and due process jurisprudence, and the impact these cases will have on civil rights, constitutional adjudication and federalism going forward.Sponsored by the the Program in Public Law and the American Constitution Society.

  • Do Members of Congress take the U.S. Constitution seriously? Do they attempt to shape their actions to what the Constitution says? Do they instead shape what the Constitution says so that it supports their actions (and condemns the actions of their opponents)? Or do they largely disregard the Constitution? Duke professors Chris Schroeder and Neil Siegel and UNC professor Michael Gerhardt discuss these questions from both an historical and a contemporary perspective. They also address the potential role of judicial review in bringing about the current state of affairs.

  • The Program in Public Law presents its annual Supreme Court Review. Duke Law professors Lisa Kern Griffin, Katharine T. Bartlett and Ernest A. Young review the most significant decisions of the 2013-14 term of the U.S. Supreme Court, while Professor Darrell A.H. Miller moderates. Cases discussed include Hobby Lobby, Riley v. California, and Bond v. U.S.

  • As the U.S. Supreme Court prepared for arguments on whether for-profit corporations and their owners may claim religious freedom exceptions from provisions of the Affordable Care Act, Duke Law professors Darrell Miller, Barak Richman, Neil Siegel, Ernie Young, and Kate Bartlett participated in a lunchtime panel discussion on the implications for constitutional law and public policy. The cases raise important questions about constitutional law, healthcare policy, the corporate form, statutory construction, and the ability of Congress to protect constitutional norms.

  • The federal government is dysfunctional. "Standing on principle" is richly rewarded, while "compromise" has become a dirty word. Congress is viewed as incapable of resolving major issues while it lurches from crisis to crisis. Fixing these fundamental problems is made all more difficult when the popular diagnoses of their causes and the proposed cures are wrong. This interactive discussion, featuring former U.S. Sen.

  • The Program in Public Law presented its annual Supreme Court Review (Civil) on August 29, 2013. Duke Law Professors Neil Siegel, Darrell Miller, Ernest Young and Katharine Bartlett discussed the most significant civil decisions of the past term of the U.S. Supreme Court.

  • The Asian Law Students Association is proud to welcome John R. Dunne, former Assistant Attorney General of the U.S. Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division and current Senior Counsel at Whiteman Osterman & Hanna LLP. At the Civil Rights Division, Mr. Dunne oversaw the U.S. government's formal apology and redress to Japanese Americans forced to relocate into internment camps during World War II. Mr. Dunne will reflect on the implementation of the Civil Liberties Act of 1988, as well as his distinguished career in public service.