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John Diamond

The Honorable Raymond L. Sullivan Professor of Law

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Professor Diamond was raised in Chappaqua, New York and attended Yale College (B.A., Magna Cum Laude, Departmental Honors with Exceptional Distinction in Social Science 1972); Cambridge University (Diploma in Criminology 1973); and Columbia Law School (JD, Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar 1976). Before joining the UC Law SF faculty, Professor Diamond was associated with the law firm of Cravath, Swaine & Moore in New York, where he practiced in the litigation department. He previously served as law clerk to Judge Thomas P. Griesa of the United States District Court in New York.

Professor Diamond teaches and writes on torts, criminal and mass media law, and is author of a torts casebook, coauthor of a criminal law casebook and torts treatise. He is a recipient of the Northern California Association of Phi Beta Kappa Excellence in Teaching Award, the Rutter Outstanding Teaching Award, UC Law SF Associated Students and UC Law SF Alumni office Teaching Awards, and has had the honor to be elected by the graduating class to give the faculty commencement address on ten occasions.


  • Columbia Law School
    J.D., Harlan Fiske Scholar, Law

  • Emmanuel College, Cambridge University
    Diploma, Criminology

  • Yale College
    B.A., Magna cum Laude and Departmental Honors with Exceptional Distinction, Social Science


  • Elected Faculty Commencement Speaker
    Elected by the UC Law SF graduating class in 2013, 2010, 2009, 2005, 2004, 2001, 2000, 1988, 1987, and 1985.

  • Outstanding Professor Award
    Awarded by the Hastings student government in 2011, 2010, 2008, 2004 and 1990.

  • Rutter Outstanding Teaching Award
    Awarded by UC Law SF College of the Law.

  • Excellence in Teaching Award
    Awarded by the Northern California Association of Phi Beta Kappa.

  • Outstanding Professor Award
    Presented by the Alumni Office of UC Law SF College of the Law.

  • Associate Academic Dean of UC Law SF College of the Law
    Served from 1987 to 1989.

Selected Scholarship


  • Mass Media Law Seminar
  • Criminal Law
  • Torts