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Donald H. Beskind

Professor of the Practice of Law
School of Law
Duke Law School Room 4173, Duke Box 90362, Durham, NC 27708-0360
Duke Law School 210 Science Dr, Duke Box 90362, Durham, NC 27708


Donald H. Beskind directs and teaches in Duke Law School's Trial Practice program and teaches Torts and Evidence. He has been a trial lawyer representing plaintiffs in civil cases and defendants in criminal cases throughout his career.

After beginning his career in practice in Denver, he was a John S. Bradway Fellow at Duke Law from 1975 to 1977, at the conclusion of which he received his LLM. He then joined the governing faculty, first as an assistant professor and then as associate professor and director of the Clinical Program.

In 1981, Beskind returned to private practice, co-founding Beskind & Rudolf (later Beskind, Rudolf & Maher) where he practiced until 1993. In 1993, he joined what became Twiggs, Beskind, Strickland & Rabenau, and practiced with that firm until 2010. While in private practice, as a Senior Lecturer in Law at Duke, he directed and taught in Duke’s Trial Practice program and periodically taught Evidence. Since returning to Duke full-time as Professor of the Practice in 2010, he has continued to handle civil and post-conviction criminal cases and mediate complex disputes.

Beskind is a fellow of the International Society of Barristers, its Administrative Secretary and the Executive Editor of its Quarterly journal. He is also a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. He has served on the Board of Governors of both national and North Carolina trial lawyer organizations and has chaired the committees on continuing legal education for both. He was a founding board member of North Carolina Prisoner Legal Services and served as its president. He has served on the Board of the Center for Death Penalty Litigation and been its president. Beskind lectures on evidentiary and trial skills topics across the United States and has run trial training programs at major U.S. law firms and has trained solicitors and barristers in the United Kingdom.

Beskind received his AB in sociology from The George Washington University, his JD, with honors, from the University of Connecticut, and his LLM from Duke Law School. He is the co-author of two books on North Carolina Evidence, a torts casebook, and numerous materials on trial and pretrial advocacy.

Current Appointments & Affiliations

Professor of the Practice of Law · 2010 - Present School of Law
Associate of the Duke Initiative for Science & Society · 2017 - Present Duke Science & Society, Initiatives

Education, Training & Certifications

Duke University · 1977 LL.M.
University of Connecticut · 1973 J.D.
The George Washington University · 1969 A.B.