James Diamond teaches and writes about criminal law, criminal courts and indigenous peoples. His book, “After The Bloodbath: Is Healing Possible In The Wake of Rampage Shootings,” will be published November 2019 from The Michigan State University Press. After The Bloodbath produces insights linking rampage shootings and communal responses in the United States. The book looks to the roots of Indigenous approaches to crime, identifying an institutional weakness in the Anglo judicial model, and explores adapting Indigenous practices that contribute to healing following heinous criminal behavior.
James Diamond is the Dean of Academic Affairs and a faculty member of the National Tribal Trial College where he teaches trial advocacy and trial skills to students gaining certification as victims’ advocates in tribal courts for victims of domestic and sexual violence.
From 2016 to 2019 Diamond was the Director of the Tribal Justice Clinic and Professor of Practice at the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law in Tucson.
He taught the Tribal Justice Clinic, Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure and Tribal Courts/Tribal Law. As Director of the Clinic, Diamond supervised law students pursuing legal projects for American Indian Tribes throughout the United States. He served as Special Prosecutor for The Pascua Yaqui Tribe of Arizona. Diamond joined the full-time faculty of the University in 2014, teaching undergraduates legal practice skills and criminal law.
A Noted Litigating Attorney: Criminal and Civil Litigation
James 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.
James 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
Diamond 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.
James 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’s groundbreaking doctoral dissertation, “The Aftermath of Rampage Shootings: Is Healing Possible? Hard Lessons Learned From The Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians and Other Indigenous Peoples” is the basis for a forthcoming book from the Michigan State University Press and a law review article in the Georgetown Journal of Law and Modern Critical Race Perspectives.
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.
Header photograph: Connecticut State Police lead children to safety at the Sandy Hook Elementary School, December 14, 2012. Photo by Shannon Hicks, Newtown Bee.