Welcoming the LLM Class of 2020
Ninety-six accomplished attorneys from 39 countries began their LLM studies on Aug. 19
New Duke Law center will delve into science of criminal justice
The Center for Science and Justice, led by Professor Brandon Garrett, will apply legal and scientific research to reforming the criminal justice system.
Access to justice wins Demo Day
Technology that aids pro se litigants, people seeking expunctions impresses judges at Duke Law Tech Lab's signature event.
Constitutional and Public Law
The First Amendment Clinic
A new First Amendment Clinic at Duke Law School will enable students to work directly with clients who claim an infringement of their right to free speech under the First Amendment. The clinic will be led by Professor H. Jefferson Powell AM ’77 PhD ’91, a distinguished constitutional law scholar who has twice served as a lawyer in the U.S. Department of Justice. The Stanton Foundation will provide funding for the clinic, including hiring a talented lawyer with a background in constitutional law litigation to serve as a teaching fellow and supervising attorney and provide day-to-day oversight of cases and students.
Sachs co-authors amicus brief in case testing state sovereign immunity precedent
In friend-of-the-court brief filed in Franchise Tax Board of California v. Hyatt and cited by respondent, Sachs and co-author “contend that the Constitution cabined the federal government’s ability to intrude on the common-law sovereign immunity that prevailed at the founding,” says Scotusblog.
Siegel: Judge’s ruling in Texas v. U.S. striking down ACA displays “extraordinary interpretive irresponsibility”
Calling the finding that the individual mandate is unconstitutional as beyond the scope of Congress's taxing power an act of “interpretive irresponsibility,” Professor Neil Siegel says it “underscores that there is such a thing as constitutional law.
Blocher and Miller offer a comprehensive account of the past, present, and future of the Second Amendment in new book
In their new book, The Positive Second Amendment: Rights, Regulation, and the Future of Heller (Cambridge University Press, 2018), Professors Joseph Blocher and Darrell Miller offer the first comprehensive account of the history, theory, and law of the right to keep and bear arms in the aftermath of District of Columbia v. Heller.
Charles and co-authors assess "legal and quantitative problems at the heart of gerrymandering litigation"
Professor Guy-Uriel Charles and colleagues from a range of disciplines offer a method for distinguishing between enacted electoral maps that result from “natural partisan geography” and those reflecting partisan bias that disenfranchises voters.
In the classroom: The Presidency and Criminal Investigations
Zack Parsons ’18 came to law school wanting to be a prosecutor, so in his final semester, he jumped at the chance to take one more class from former federal prosecutors Lisa Kern Griffin and Samuel W. Buell. The focus of their new course was also timely: What happens when the subject of a criminal investigation is the president of the United States?
Podcast: Griffin discusses the presidential pardon power and obstruction of justice
In the midst of an ongoing special counsel probe into possible election collusion between Russia and Donald Trump's presidential campaign, Prof. Lisa Griffin discusses the extent of the president's pardon power and the requirements of an obstruction of justice charge.
Duke in D.C. gives students who are interested in public policy, public service, and careers in the public sector an opportunity to study federal policymaking firsthand, under the direction of Duke Law faculty and practitioners. The program has three components: a semester-long externship placement in a congressional or policymaking office; a weekly course taught by Duke Law faculty; and a substantial research project. Through this integrated approach, students deepen their analytical skills, become creative and constructive decision-makers, and learn to work collaboratively and across disciplines.
Featured FacultyRobert G. Seaks LL.B. ’34 Professor of Law, Senior Associate Dean for Faculty & Research
Lemos is a scholar of constitutional law, legal institutions, and procedure. Her scholarship focuses on the institutions of law interpretation and enforcement and their effects on substantive rights. She writes in four related fields: federalism; administrative law, including the relationship between courts and agencies; statutory interpretation; and civil procedure. Her articles have been published in the Supreme Court Review as well as in the Harvard, New York University, Texas, Minnesota, Vanderbilt, and Notre Dame law reviews.