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Hon. Allyson K. Duncan (Ret.) Inducted Into American Academy of Appellate Lawyers

Hon. Allyson K. Duncan (Ret.) Inducted Into American Academy of Appellate Lawyers

Judge Duncan joins elite appellate organization, with decades of experience and perspective

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Washington, D.C. – JAMS, the largest private provider of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) services worldwide, is proud to share that Hon. Allyson K. Duncan (Ret.) has been elected to the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers (AAAL). Judge Duncan was inducted on October 30 as part of the AAAL’s annual fall meeting.

Since its founding in 1990, the AAAL has been committed to advancing the administration of justice and promoting the highest standards of professionalism and advocacy in appellate courts. AAAL membership is by invitation only and is reserved for experienced appellate advocates who have demonstrated the highest skill level and integrity. Nominees are selected by current fellows and thoroughly vetted by the legal and judicial communities in a confidential process, and they must be elected to the fellowship by the board of directors.

Judge Duncan is a highly respected member of the appellate legal community, revered for her decades of experience, thoughtfulness and immense devotion to the practice of law. Throughout her career, she has paved the way for others through her hard work and professionalism, and we are fortunate to have her as part of our appellate panel. We congratulate her on her induction into the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers.

- Chris Poole, JAMS CEO

Judge Duncan joined JAMS in 2020 following 15 years on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and one year on the North Carolina Court of Appeals. She was the first African American woman to serve as justice on the North Carolina Court of Appeals, the first African American president of the North Carolina Bar Association and the first African American woman to sit on the Fourth Circuit bench. Earlier in her career, she was a partner at Kilpatrick Stockton and focused her practice within its employment and regulatory groups.

In her role at JAMS, Judge Duncan serves as an arbitrator and mediator, handling business and commercial, employment, environmental, federal, Title IX, intellectual property, product liability, international, utility law and health care disputes.

About JAMS – Local Solutions. Global Reach.

Founded in 1979, JAMS is the largest private provider of alternative dispute resolution services worldwide. JAMS successfully resolves and manages business and legal disputes by providing efficient, cost-effective and impartial ways to overcome barriers at any stage of conflict. JAMS offers customized in-person, virtual and hybrid resolution services locally and globally through a combination of industry-specific experience, first-class client service, the latest technology and highly trained mediators and arbitrators.

With a roster of over 400 neutrals and 29 locations, JAMS resolves thousands of the world’s important cases every year. JAMS neutrals are adept at managing the resolution process whether they are conducting in-person, virtual or hybrid hearings.

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Hon. Allyson K. Duncan (Ret.)
  • Antitrust & Competition
  • Appellate
  • Business Commercial
  • Class Action & Mass Tort
  • Employment Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Federal Law
  • Health Care
  • Higher Education & Title IX
  • Intellectual Property
  • International & Cross-Border
  • Product Liability
  • Securities
  • Telecommunications

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