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Raymond T. Diamond

Jules F. and Frances L. Landry Distinguished Professor of Law and James Carville Alumni Professor of Law

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2008-2009 Biography

Ray Diamond is a Visiting Professor at LSU Law Center the entirety of the 2008-2009 academic year. His home institution is Tulane Law School, where he holds the John Koerner Professorship in Law and is an Adjunct Professor of African Diaspora Studies. Before his entry into law teaching in 1984, Prof. Diamond spent three years with the Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Competition, where he litigated a landmark price signaling case, worked for a year on Capitol Hill as a legislative assistant to Rep. Bob Livingston in the 95th Congress, and practiced law privately in New Orleans.

Prof. Diamond has written widely in the area of constitutional law, race relations, and legal history. His scholarship in the area of the Second Amendment and the right to bear arms has been cited in Supreme Court jurisprudence and has been awarded the 2000 Carter-Knight Freedom Fund Award. His latest scholarship, a chapter in the second edition of The Bill of Rights in Modern America, is “Public Safety and the Right to Bear Arms,” published in the fall of 2008. In connection with the issues he has raised in his Second Amendment scholarship, he was co-counsel on the amicus presented by the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) brief to the Supreme Court in District of Columbia v. Heller, decided in 2008. He is the co-author of Brown v. Board of Education: Caste, Culture, and the Constitution, which was awarded the 2003 David J. Langum, Sr., Prize by the Langum Project for Historical Literature.

Prof. Diamond is a former member of the Board of Editors of the Journal of Southern Legal History and of the Board of Directors of the Louisiana Supreme Court Historical Society, and is a former chair of the section on Legal History of the Association of American Law Schools.


J.D., 1977, Yale Law School
B.A., 1973, Yale College

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