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Dean David Levi Joins Board

Duke Law Dean David Levi Joins Equal Justice Works Board of Directors


WASHINGTON, D.C. - Equal Justice Works today announced that David F. Levi, Dean of the Duke University School of Law, has joined its board of directors. Dean Levi joins a diverse group of 28 other national leaders from law firms, law schools, corporate legal departments, and the judiciary who support and direct the activities of the national nonprofit.

Dean Levi was appointed the 14th dean of Duke Law School in July 2007. Prior to his appointment, Dean Levi was the Chief United States District Judge for the Eastern District of California with chambers in Sacramento. 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. Dean Levi served as chair of the Ninth Circuit Task Force on Racial, Religious and Ethnic Fairness.

Dean Levi received his A.B. from Harvard College and graduated Order of the Coif in 1980 from Stanford Law School, where he was also president of the Stanford Law Review. After clerking for Judge Ben C. Duniway of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and for Associate Justice Lewis Powell of the Supreme Court of the United State, Dean Levi became an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Eastern District of California.

"Dean Levi has devoted his entire professional career to public service, first clerking, then in the U.S. Attorney’s office, then as a federal judge," said David Stern, Executive Director of Equal Justice Works. "He has lived the values we hope to instill in today’s law students – that lawyers should devote all or part of their professional careers helping to ensure our justice system works for all, including the poorest and most vulnerable among us. We are delighted to welcome him to our board."

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Equal Justice Works, a nonprofit, nonpartisan 501(c)(3) organization, was founded in 1986 by law students dedicated to working for equal justice on behalf of underserved communities and causes. Today, Equal Justice Works is the national leader in creating summer and postgraduate public interest opportunities for law students and lawyers as well as in urging more public interest programming at law schools. For more information, visit