Dr. James D. Diamond is 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 a law professor at the University of Arizona College of Law. Diamond taught the Tribal Justice Clinic, Tribal Courts/Tribal Law, Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure there. 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.