Professor of Law, 1970-1973
When Neal Rutledge started teaching at Duke he was a practicing attorney who had taught torts law part-time at the University of Miami Law School. His professorship at Duke Law was his first full-time teaching position. While he was in Durham Rutledge also had an adjunct position at North Carolina Central’s School of Law.
Rutledge completed his bachelor’s degree at Harvard in 1947 after serving in the Marine Corps. He completed his law degree at Yale in 1950. Rutledge clerked for two prominent judges. From 1950 to 1951 he was law clerk to Judge Charles Fahy of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Rutledge was then clerk for Justice Hugo L. Black from 1951 to 1952. He spent a year as an attorney with the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission. In 1953 Rutledge began both private practice and teaching at the University of Miami. In 1974 he returned to practice in Washingon, D.C., primarily working on federal antitrust cases.
Duke University, School of Law, Bulletin of Duke University School of Law [serial]
Supreme Court Law Clerks’ Recollections of October Term 1951, Including the Steel Seizure Cases, 1239 St. Johns Law Review 82 (2008)