Duke University, School of Law

Position ID:Duke-Law-BJIDIR [#20292]
Position Title: Director, Bolch Judicial Institute
Position Type:Non-regular rank faculty
Position Location:Durham, North Carolina 27708, United States [map] sort by distance
Subject Area: Law
Appl Deadline:2021/12/31 11:59PMhelp popup* finished (2021/10/27, finished 2022/05/19, listed until 2021/12/31)
Position Description:    

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 Director, Bolch Judicial Institute

(Senior Lecturing Fellow or Professor of the Practice)

The Director of the Bolch Judicial Institute of Duke Law School provides leadership, vision, and strategic direction for the Bolch Judicial Institute of Duke Law School in pursuit of the Institute’s mission to better the human condition by studying the judiciary and promoting the rule of law.

Since its founding in 2018, by David F. Levi, then Dean and former Chief United States District Judge for the Eastern District of California, the Bolch Judicial Institute has quickly established itself as a leader in the effort to advance the rule of law and protect judicial independence in the United States and around the world. The new Director will build on this strong foundation to develop and expand programs that study the judiciary, study and preserve the rule of law, educate judges, and advance the importance of a fair and independent judiciary. The Institute prides itself on its ability to bring judges, academics, and practitioners together to address important problems. Its current programs include:

·                     the Master’s in Judicial Studies LLM program for the judiciary;

·                     Judicature, Duke’s 100+year-old scholarly journal on judging;

·                     a conference series that brings together lawyers, judges, and scholars to examine challenges and develop solutions for improving and advancing the administration of justice;

·                     educational programs for judges in the United States and around the world;

·                     an MDL Certificate Program to educate members of the bar interested in multidistrict litigation; and

·                     the Bolch Prize for the Rule of Law, which is awarded annually to an individual or organization who has demonstrated extraordinary dedication to the rule of law.

The new Director will be responsible for these and other ongoing projects, educational and research initiatives, publications, events, and activities. A successful candidate for the Director position will also demonstrate creativity in developing new programs, conferences, and areas of research that may deepen our understanding of courts, judicial decision-making, and the legal system more generally.

The Director will report directly to the Dean of the Law School. The Director will oversee and manage the staff of the Institute. In addition, he or she will collaborate with the Institute’s academic leadership, which includes Duke Law faculty who work to integrate the Institute’s missions of advancing the rule of law and judicial independence with faculty research and scholarship and the education of JD students. The Director will also work closely and collaboratively with the Bolch Advisory Board, the Leadership Council, and donors to the Institute.

The Director will be a full-time member of the Duke Law faculty, with the title Lecturing Fellow, Senior Lecturing Fellow, or, in the event that the Director’s professional and academic experience is unusually distinguished, Professor of the Practice of Law. Faculty are expected to be in residence at the Law School at least half time.


Education and Experience

Candidates for this position must hold a JD degree and have at least 10 years of senior leadership experience in the judiciary, legal profession, or legal education. A deep understanding of the courts and the judiciary is strongly preferred. Teaching experience, scholarly publications, a track record of fundraising, organizational management experience, and experience working with an advisory board are also preferred.

Skills and Abilities

·         Passion for the administration of justice and the rule of law and deep commitment to supporting the independence of the judiciary;

·         Creativity and vision: the Institute is one of a kind, and its Director must be able to develop and implement new programs and identify and pursue growth and new opportunities without a roadmap;

·         Understanding of how to coach and manage a diverse staff, set and achieve strategic goals, and foster employee growth and development;

·         Adeptness in engaging stakeholders across many sectors and backgrounds;

·         Excellent communication skills, including writing, public speaking, and interpersonal communication; and

·         Ability to develop strong relationships with faculty, alumni, and judicial and legal leaders in the United States and around the world.

Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual's age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

Duke aspires to create a community built on collaboration, innovation, creativity, and belonging. Our collective success depends on the robust exchange of ideas-an exchange that is best when the rich diversity of our perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences flourishes. To achieve this exchange, it is essential that all members of the community feel secure and welcome, that the contributions of all individuals are respected, and that all voices are heard. All members of our community have a responsibility to uphold these values.

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Further Info:
email address
210 Science Drive
Suite 1015, Duke Box 90362
Durham, NC 27708-0362