Duke Center for Firearms Law
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Leadership

Joseph Blocher, Center Co-Director

Joseph BlocherBlocher, the Lanty L. Smith ’67 Professor of Law, researches federal and state constitutional law, the First and Second Amendments, legal history, and property. His current scholarship addresses issues of gun rights and regulation, free speech, sovereignty, and refugee law. He has published dozens of articles on those topics and co-authored Free Speech Beyond Words (NYU Press, 2017) and The Positive Second Amendment: Rights, Regulation, and the Future of Heller (Cambridge University Press, 2018).

Darrell A. H. Miller, Center Co-Director

Darrel A. H. MillerMiller, the Melvin G. Shimm Professor of Law, writes and teaches in the areas of civil rights, constitutional law, civil procedure, state and local government law, and legal history. His scholarship on the Second and Thirteenth Amendments has been published in leading law reviews and has been cited by the Supreme Court of the United States, the United States Courts of Appeals, the United States District Courts, and in congressional testimony and legal briefs. With Joseph Blocher, he’s the author of The Positive Second Amendment: Rights, Regulation, and the Future of Heller (Cambridge University Press, 2018).

Jacob D. Charles ’13, Executive Director

Jacob D. CharlesJake joined the Center for Firearms Law as Executive Director after practicing in the appellate group at McGuireWoods LLP, where he briefed cases in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth and Ninth Circuits as well as in numerous state intermediate and high courts.  Jake previously clerked for Judge Allyson K. Duncan of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and Judge Colleen McMahon of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. Before his clerkships, Jake practiced in the Washington, D.C., office of O’Melveny & Myers LLP, where he represented clients in government and congressional investigations. Follow Charles on Twitter @JacobCharlesNC.