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51 Imperfect Solutions: State and Federal Judges Consider the Role of State Constitutions

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Vol. 103 No. 1 | Navigating Rough Seas

Judge Jeffrey Sutton is one of our most respected and admired federal appellate judges. He has served on the Sixth Circuit, with chambers in Columbus, Ohio, since his appointment to […]

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A Blinding, An Awakening, and a Journey Through Civil Rights History

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Vol. 103 No. 2 | Pay NCAA athletes?

Sergeant Isaac Woodard had just completed a three-year tour in a segregated unit of the United States Army. He boarded a Greyhound bus in Augusta, Ga., that would take him […]

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The Emergence of the American Constitutional Law Tradition

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Vol. 103 No. 1 | Navigating Rough Seas

My title is “The Emergence of the American Constitutional Law Tradition,” and what I want us to think about today is the process by which American constitutional law came to […]

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Change Agents: Looking to State Constitutions for Rights Innovations

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Vol. 102 No. 2 | Rights That Made The World Right

The following is an excerpt from 51 Imperfect Solutions: States and the Making of American Constitutional Law (© 2018 by Jeffrey Sutton, published by Oxford University Press. All rights reserved.) […]

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How Freed Slaves Extended the Reach of Federal Courts and Expanded our Understanding of the Fourteenth Amendment

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Vol. 102 No. 2 | Rights That Made The World Right

In 1870, Maria Mitchell, an African American woman in Edgecombe County, North Carolina, did something that she could not have done when she was enslaved: She “talked for her rights.” […]

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A Friendly Award: Chief Justice Roberts Presents Justice Ginsburg with The Henry J. Friendly Medal at the 2018 ALI Annual Meeting

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Vol. 102 No. 3 | Crowdsourcing and Data Analytics

At the annual meeting of the American Law Institute (ALI) in May, Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr., presented the Henry J. Friendly medal to his colleague on the Court, […]

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Speaking, Listening, and the Rule of Law: Free Speech on Campus

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Vol. 101 No. 4 | Equal opportunity?

AT THE BEGINNING OF THIS ACADEMIC YEAR, DAVID F. LEVI, DEAN OF DUKE LAW SCHOOL AND THE FORMER CHIEF U.S. DISTRICT JUDGE FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA, OFFERED CONVOCATION […]

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A Brief Moment in the Sun: The Reconstruction-Era Courts of the Freedman’s Bureau

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Vol. 101 No. 4 | Equal opportunity?

When he was 16 years old during the summer of 1866, a recently freed slave named Alfred Jefferson rode his employer’s horse without permission. A local criminal judge in Bradford […]

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Roundtable: The State of the Judiciary

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Vol. 101 No. 3 | Bold and Persistent Reform

These are interesting times for the judiciary. Tackling questions of judicial independence, the balance of powers, judicial selection methods, and more, a panel of Duke Law faculty and alumni judges […]

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