Allyson K. Duncan


Duncan served as a judge on the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals from 2003 until her retirement in 2019. She was the first African American and first woman from North Carolina to serve on the 4th Circuit; the first African American woman to serve on the North Carolina Appellate Courts; and, from 2003-2004, the first African American (and the third woman) to serve as President of the North Carolina Bar Association. Her involvement within the legal and judicial communities includes serving as President of the North American/Asian Group of the International Association of Judges and past president of the Federal Judges Association. She was appointed by Chief Justice John Roberts to chair the International Judicial Relations Committee and she is a member of the American Law Institute. Duncan was a member of the Duke University Board of Trustees from 2011-2021.