David F. Levi is the Levi Family Professor of Law and Judicial Studies and Director Emeritus of the Bolch Judicial Institute. Professor Levi was previously the James B. Duke and Benjamin N. Duke Dean of the School of Law. The 14th dean of Duke Law School, he served from 2007 to 2018.
Prior to his appointment in 2007, he was the Chief United States District Judge for the Eastern District of California with chambers in Sacramento.
After law school, he clerked with Judge Ben C. Duniway of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and with U.S. Supreme Court Justice Lewis F. Powell. He also served in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of California as a prosecutor and was appointed a U.S. Attorney.
Professor Levi was elected to ALI in March 1991 and to the Council in October 2005. He became ALI's 10th President in May 2017.
EDUCATION: Harvard, B.A.; Stanford Law School, J.D.