Dr. James D. Diamond is an educator and experienced criminal lawyer. He taught law at the James E. Rogers College of Law at the University of Arizona where he was the Director of the Tribal Justice Clinic, supervising law students working on behalf of American Indian tribes and in tribal courts. He teaches and writes about Criminal Law, Tribal Courts and advocacy and related subjects. James Diamond’s practice emphasizes three areas: criminal defense, Indian Law and civil litigation. He is admitted to practice law in several states including Arizona, Connecticut and New York, federal trial and appellate courts along with Indian Tribal courts.

Diamond is an experienced criminal lawyer, holding certification by the National Board of Legal Specialty Certification as a criminal trial specialist. Over the last 25 years Diamond’s practice has included representation of clients in investigations and prosecutions by federal and state law enforcement agencies. He has handled a wide variety of criminal cases ranging from white collar cases to violent crime. He has represented clients in pre-trial hearings, trials and appeals, defending more than 1,000 criminal cases and conducting thirty criminal trials.


 University of Arizona, James E. Rogers College of Law
Doctor of Juridical Science (SJD), 2014, Law
2012 – 2014
Activities and Sciences: Clinic: Navajo Supreme Court; Independent Study: U.S. Federal/Tribal Relationship in Criminal Prosecutions; Paper: Indigenous People’s Water Related Rituals; Gaming and Gambling

Brooklyn Law School
Juris Doctor, Law
Activities and Societies: Brooklyn Journal of International Law; Senior Editor: The Justinian

University at Albany, SUNY
BA, Political Science
1977 – 1981
Activities and Societies: General Manager, WCDB FM
Cum Laude Graduate

Licenses & Certifications

Criminal Trial Specialist
Issued January 2014 – No Expiration Date

Research & Studies

Research Gate
An Overview of Practicing American Indian Criminal Law in Federal, State, and Tribal Courts, and an Update About Recent Expansion of Criminal Jurisdiction Over Non-Indians


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