David F. Levi

Dean, School of Law

David F. Levi, former Chief U.S. District Judge of the Eastern District of California, became the 14th dean of Duke Law School on July 1, 2007.

Levi holds an A.B. magna cum laude and a master's degree in history from Harvard College. He earned his J.D. from Stanford Law School, where he graduated Order of the Coif and was president of the Stanford Law Review. Following graduation, he was a law clerk to Judge Ben C. Duniway of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and to Justice Lewis F. Powell, Jr., of the U.S. Supreme Court. He was appointed United States Attorney by President Ronald Reagan in 1986 and a United States district judge by President George H. W. Bush in 1990.

Long recognized as a leader in legal reform, Levi has served, by appointment of the Chief Justice, as chair of two Judicial Conference committees: the Civil Rules Advisory Committee and the Standing Committee on the Rules of Practice and Procedure, for which he is now serving a term as a member. He was president of the Ninth Circuit District Judges Association and chair of the Ninth Circuit Task Force on Race, Religious and Ethnic Fairness. He is a member of the Council of the American Law Institute and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Levi's current scholarship and teaching focuses on judicial behavior and ethics. As dean, he has expanded opportunities for Duke Law students to develop lawyering skills and to prepare for leadership roles in the legal profession and beyond.

Academic Leadership

Dean, School of Medicine
Dean, Fuqua School of Business
Dean of the Graduate School/Vice Provost for Graduate Education
Dean, Nicholas School of the Environment
Dean, School of Nursing & Vice Chancellor for Nursing Affairs
Dean, Divinity School
Dean, Pratt School of Engineering
Dean, Sanford School of Public Policy
Dean, School of Law
Dean of Arts and Sciences
Dean and Vice Provost, Undergraduate Education
Vice Provost, Faculty Diversity and Faculty Development
Vice Provost for Library Affairs
Vice Provost for the Arts
Executive Vice Provost for Finance and Administration
Vice President and Vice Provost, Global Strategy and Programs
Vice Provost for Interdisciplinary Studies
Vice Provost for Duke Kunshan University and China Initiatives
Vice Provost and Director, Innovation & Entrepreneurship Initiative
Vice Provost for Research
Vice Provost for Academic Affairs

University Administration

Vice President and General Counsel
Vice President, Administration
Vice President, Information Technology and Chief Information Officer
Vice President, Student Affairs
Vice President, Facilities
Vice President, Office for Institutional Equity
Vice President and University Secretary
Vice President, Public Affairs and Government Relations
Vice President, Alumni Affairs and Development
Vice President, Finance
Vice President and Director of Athletics
Vice President, Durham and Regional Affairs
President, DUMAC