Jim (AKA James) Diamond is Director of the Tribal Justice Clinic and Professor of Practice at the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law in Tucson. He teaches the Tribal Justice Clinic, Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure and Tribal Courts/Tribal Law.
As Director of the Clinic, Diamond supervises law students pursuing legal projects for American Indian Tribes throughout the United States. He serves as Special Prosecutor for The Pascua Yaqui Tribe of Arizona.
Diamond is on the Faculty of the National Tribal Trial College and teaches trial advocacy and trial skills to students gaining certification as victims’ advocates in tribal courts for victims of domestic and sexual violence.
Academic Research and Writing
Diamond writes about criminal law, criminal courts and indigenous peoples. His doctoral dissertation is entitled: “In The Aftermath of Rampage Shootings: Is Healing Possible? Lessons From the Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians and Other Indigenous Peoples.” The dissertation, and healing following rampage shootings is the subject of a forthcoming book from the Michigan State University Press, and an article in the Georgetown Journal of Law and Modern Critical Race Perspectives.
A Noted Litigating Attorney: Criminal and Civil Litigation
Jim Diamond is an experienced criminal lawyer who has practiced law since 1988 and has a practice emphasizing three areas of law: criminal defense, Indian law and civil litigation.
He has achieved success as a litigator and has been voted a “SuperLawyer” by his peers in Connecticut and throughout New England every year since 2007. Certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy as a Criminal Trial Specialist, Jim has extensive trial experience and has been the lead counsel in cases ranging from murder to motor vehicle. With more than 20 years of criminal defense experience, defending more than 1,000 cases, Jim has handled a wide variety of criminal cases including homicides, home invasion, robbery, manslaughter, sexual assault, narcotics, robberies, assaults, DWI, school violence, juvenile offenses, white collar crime and more.
Jim was named “Man of the Year” by Mothers Against Drunk Driving in 1992 and was awarded the “Award For Excellence” by the American Bar Association in 1986. Diamond is admitted to practice law in the States of New York, Connecticut and Arizona along with several federal trial and appeals courts and Indian tribal courts.
Law Enforcement, Government and Public Policy
Jim has substantial experience in law enforcement. He first served as a public policy adviser to the former New York State Attorney General, Robert Abrams and then for six years was a Connecticut State prosecuting attorney.
As a new graduate, Diamond started his career in 1981 as a government ethics advocate, as Executive Director of a state chapter of the citizen’s lobbying group, Common Cause.
Jim was elected to the City of Stamford Board of Representatives from January of 2005 to July of 2009, representing the City’s Eleventh District. He was the Deputy Majority Leader and the Chairman of the Board’s Legislative and Rules Committee, the committee that writes municipal ordinances.
Diamond was active in Connecticut State politics from 1988-2012. He was a member of the Connecticut Democratic State Central Committee, the City of Stamford Democratic City Committee and the Ridgefield Democratic City Committee. He served terms as Chairman of both the Stamford and Ridgefield Democratic Party.
Diamond has been awarded the Doctor of Juridical Science Degree (SJD) from the University of Arizona’s James E. Rogers College of Law. In 2012-2013 he pursued graduate legal studies in their Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy Program with an emphasis on litigation in Indian Country. Diamond earned a Juris Doctor degree from Brooklyn Law School in 1988, where he was a member of the Journal of International Law. He studied government at what is now the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy at the University at Albany, (SUNY) receiving a Bachelor’s Degree cum laude in 1981.
(Photo credit: The header photograph, top, was taken by Richard Tsong-Taatarii. Pictured, center is Sandra Rosebear, Red Lake Tribe, at a healing session following the school shooting at Red Lake High School in Minnesota. Sandra Rosebear’s 15-year-old daughter Chanelle was murdered in that shooting.)