Public Interest Retreat


Pictures from the 2017 Retreat. Clockwise from top left: Upper-level students advise on clerkships and judicial internships, upper level students advise on state and federal government work,1Ls and 2Ls pose during a break, and students listen to a panel of practicing attorneys and alumni.

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The 21st Annual Duke Law Public Interest Retreat

Saturday, October 20, 2018, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. (with campfire to follow)
Camp Royall, 250 Bill Ash Road, Moncure, NC 27559
Come relaxed, leave more relaxed!

Learn more about Camp Royall  |  Driving directions and grounds map
Attire: Very casual (we suggest layers as it is likley to be chilly in the morning and evening)
RSVP here by Wednesday October 17th at 5 PM.


21st Annual Retreat - 2018 Schedule

Feel free to come early, hike the camp, and enjoy the outdoors.

10:00 - Breakfast and Sign-In
10:30 - Keynote Speaker: The Hon. Lawrence Krasner, District Attorney, Philadelphia
12:00 - Icebreaker
12:45 - Lunch
1:30 - Panel of Practitioners
Alyse Bass L'89 - U.S. Dept. of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Disability Rights Section (DC)
Chris Richardson L'07 - Nelson Mullins (Atlanta, Immigration Team); former U.S. Dept. of State Diplomat
Gordon Sommers L'15 - Earthjustice (DC)
3:00 - Creating Your Public Interest Narrative
4:00 - Breakout Groups with Upper-Level Students
5:00 - Dinner (with brief remarks from Dean Abrams)
6:00 - Campfire (weather permitting), including s’mores and beverages

20th Annual Retreat

The retreat was held on Saturday, October 21st at Camp Royall in Moncure, NC.

19th Annual Retreat

The retreat was held on Saturday, October 22nd at Spruce Pine Lodge on Lake Michie north of Durham.  The retreat featured keynote speaker and Duke Law Alumna Marjorie Mulhall '08, a panel of clinical law faculty, small group mentoring sessions with upper level students, fun games and time for hiking. The retreat concluded with a catered dinner.

17th Annual Retreat

The retreat, held on November 14, 2014 at the Boiler Room at American Tobacco Campus, featured a panel of alumni engaged in public interest careers, information about LRAP, loan forgiveness and loan repayment, and students who spent their summers in a wide variety of public interest internships. It was followed by a dinner-and-drinks party at Tobacco Road Sports Cafe.

PILF 2014 students

Public Interest Retreat students at ATC

Public Interest Retreat students at ATC

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15th Annual Retreat

Public Interest Retreat students from 2013The retreat, held on March 23, 2013 at the Trotter Building in Durham, N.C., was followed by a dinner-and-drinks party at Motorco Music Hall and Fullsteam Brewery.

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