James Diamond

James DiamondVisiting Professor of Law


S.J.D., University of Arizona
J.D., Brooklyn Law School
B.A., University of Albany (S.U.N.Y.)

Dr. James D. Diamond is a Visiting Professor at RWU Law. He teaches Federal Indian Law, Tribal Courts, Law & Governments, Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure. Diamond is also the Dean of Academic Affairs at The National Tribal Trial College. He is the former Director of the Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy Program's Tribal Justice Clinic and law professor at the University of Arizona College of Law. Diamond was a Special Prosecutor in the Pascua Yaqui Tribal Court in Arizona.

Prior to teaching, Dr. Diamond practiced law for 25 years in Connecticut. He achieved success as a criminal attorney as both a state prosecutor and a defense attorney. Diamond is certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy as a criminal trial specialist, has extensive criminal trial experience and was the lead lawyer in more than 1,000 criminal cases.

Dr. Diamond's academic research focuses on the aftermath of mass shootings and restorative justice. He is the author of the recent book: After The Bloodbath: Is Healing Possible in The Wake of Rampage Shootings? The book looks at the phenomenon of mass shootings and compares social and legal responses in indigenous communities and non-indigenous communities. Diamond is the author of numerous articles on the practice of law in tribal courts, including recent articles in Federal Lawyer Magazine and Criminal Justice Magazine about the Violence Against Women Act.

Dr. Diamond is admitted to practice law in three Tribal Courts, the States of  Connecticut, New York and Arizona and numerous federal courts, including the United States Supreme Court. Diamond obtained a doctoral degree (S.J.D.) in Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy from the University of Arizona College of Law, a juris doctor (J.D.) from Brooklyn Law School and a bachelor’s degree (B.A.) from The State University of New York at Albany.

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Course Types

We have classified RWU Law classes under the following headers. One of the following course types will be attached to each course which will allow students to narrow down their search while looking for classes.

Core Course

Students in the first and second year are required to take classes covering the following aspects of the law—contracts, torts, property, criminal law, civil procedure, and constitutional law, evidence, and professional responsibility.  Along with these aspects, the core curriculum will develop legal reasoning skills.


After finishing the core curriculum the remaining coursework toward the degree is completed through upper level elective courses.  Students can choose courses that peak their interests or courses that go along with the track they are following.


Seminars are classes where teachers and small groups of students focus on a specific topic and the students complete a substantial research paper.


Inhouse Clinics and Clinical Externships legal education is law school training in which students participate in client representation under the supervision of a practicing attorney or law professor.  RWU Law's Clinical Programs offer unique and effective learning opportunities and the opportunity for practical experience while still in law school.