Doriane Lambelet Coleman
Professor of Law

Doriane Coleman is a Professor of Law at Duke Law School.  She specializes in teaching and scholarship related to culture, women, children, medicine, and law.  Her work has been published in numerous journals including in the Columbia Law Review, the Duke Law Journal, the William and Mary Law Review, and the Notre Dame Law Review.  An expert in anti-doping rules, Coleman has also practiced, taught, and written about sports law, with a focus on the Olympic Movement and eligibility issues.  Her current work focuses on the differences between biological sex and gender identity and the implications of those differences for institutions ranging from elite sport to education and medicine.  A first article in this series, Sex in Sport, is at 80 Law & Contemporary Problems 63-126 (2017).

A regular teacher of Torts, Coleman is a co-author with her colleague Donald H. Beskind of the first-year casebook Torts: Doctrine and Process (2017).  She is a faculty affiliate of the University’s Center for Child and Family Policy, the Trent Center for Bioethics, Humanities and the History of Medicine, and the Law School’s Center for Sports Law and Policy.  Her current interdisciplinary projects with colleagues and students at the University include co-leading a Bass Connections team on Cheating, Gaming, and Rule Fixing: Challenges for Ethics Across the Adversarial Professions (2018-19), and directing the program Head Trauma in Football: Implications for Medicine, Law, and Policy (2018).

Coleman received her Juris Doctor degree from the Georgetown University Law Center (1988), where she was an associate editor on the Georgetown Law Journal. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Cornell University (1982) with Distinction in All Subjects.  Coleman practiced law for the Washington, D.C. firm of Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering (now Wilmer Hale), from 1988 to 1991.

In her previous life (as Doriane Lambelet) Coleman ran the 800 meters in collegiate and international competition.  She was a multiple All American, All East, and All Ivy athlete, the U.S. National Collegiate Indoor Champion in 1982, and the Swiss National Champion in 1982 and 1983.  Over her athletic career she competed for Villanova, Cornell, the Swiss and U.S. National Teams, Athletics West, the Santa Monica and Atoms Track Clubs, and Lausanne Sports.

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