David F. Levi

Duke University School of Law
Social and Behavioral Sciences
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Professor David F. Levi is the Dean and Professor of Law at Duke University School of Law since July 1, 2007. He is a former Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California and a Chair of the U.S. Judicial Conference Standing Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure. He was the first president and a founder of the Milton L. Schwartz American Inn of Court, now the Schwartz-Levi American Inn of Court, at the King Hall School of Law, University of California at Davis. He was chair of the Ninth Circuit Task Force on Race, Religious and Ethnic Fairness and was an author of the report of the Task Force. He was president of the Ninth Circuit District Judges Association (2003-2005). In addition, he is a member of the Council of the American Law Institute and a co-author of a standard work on federal trial practice. From 2010 to 2013, he served on the board of directors of Equal Justice Works. In 2014, he was appointed chair of the American Bar Association's Standing Committee on the American Judicial System, and in 2015, he was named co-chair of the North Carolina Commission on the Administration of Law and Justice. He has been elected president of the American Law Institute (ALI), effective May 24, 2017. He is a member of the ALI Council and was an advisor to the ALI's Federal Judicial Code Revision and Aggregate Litigation projects.

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