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

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Raymond T. Diamond

James Carville Alumni Professorship and Jules F. & Francis L. Landry Professorship
Professor of Law


Ray Diamond re-joined the faculty in 2009 and in 2012 he was named Vice Chancellor for Faculty Development and Institutional Advancement. He had taught since 1990 at Tulane University, where he held the John Koerner Professorship in Law, was previously the C.J. Morrow Research Professor of Law, and was an Adjunct Professor of African Diaspora Studies. Before his entry into law teaching at LSU in 1984, Professor 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.

Professor 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 twice has been cited in Supreme Court jurisprudence, most recently in McDonald v. City of Chicago (2010) (Justice Thomas concurring), and has been awarded the 2000 Carter-Knight Freedom Fund Award. In connection with the issues he has raised in his Second Amendment scholarship, he was co-counsel on the amicus brief presented by the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) 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.  His most recent scholarship is “In the Civic Republic: Crime, the Inner City, and the Democracy of Arms - a Disquisition on the Revival of the Militia at Large,” published in the Connecticut Law Review, and he has begun work on a book under contract to the University Press of Kansas, on the new Second Amendment jurisprudence of the Supreme Court.

Professor 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.

Courses Taught

Antitrust, Administrative Law, Criminal Law, Constitutional Law I, and Constitutional History & Race Relations.

Selected Publications

Law Review Articles

Raymond T. Diamond, In the Civic Republic: Crime, the Inner City, and the Democracy of Arms - a Disquisition on the Revival of the Militia at Large (with Robert J. Cottrol),45 Connecticut Law Review 1605 (2013).

Raymond T. Diamond, Federalism in Practice - National and Local Perspectives(with Ingrid Eagly & Hiroko Kusuda),Symposium on Federalism at Work: State Criminal Law, Immigrants and Immigration Related Activity,12 Loyola Journal of Public Interest Law 375 (2011).

Raymond T. Diamond, Condemned by Substance and Process: A Comment on "Doubly Condemned”: Adjustments to the Crime and Punishment Regime in the Late Slavery Period in the British Caribbean Colonies’ and ‘Due Process for Louisiana Slaves,18 Cardozo Law Review 753-765 (1997).

Raymond T. Diamond, “‘Never Intended to be Applied to the White Population:’ Firearms Regulation and Racial Disparity - The Redeemed South’s Legacy to a National Jurisprudence?" (with Robert J. Cottrol), 70 Chicago-Kent Law Review 1307-1335 (1995).

Raymond T. Diamond, The Second Amendment: Toward an Afro-Americanist Reconsideration, 80 Georgetown Law Journal 309-361 (1991).


Raymond Diamond, Brown v. Board of Education: Caste, Culture, and the Constitution (2003).

Chapters in Books

Raymond T. Diamond, Public Safety and the Right to Bear Arms, in The Bill of Rights in Modern America, 88-107 (2nd ed., 2008).

Book Reviews

Raymond T. Diamond, The Fifth Auxiliary Right, in review of Keep and Bear Arms: Origins of an Anglo-American Right, 104 Yale Law Journal 995-1026 (1994).

Electronic Publications

Raymond T. Diamond, Purchase Treaty, The Louisiana Purchase, La Cession de la Louisiana: A History in Maps. Images, and Document on CD-ROM (2003).

Honors & Awards

  • Dorothy L. Thompson Civil Rights Lecturer; Kansas State University; 2009
  • David J. Langum, Sr. Prize, awarded by the Langum Project for Historical Literature; 2003
  • Harlan B. Carter - George S. Knight Freedom Fund Award, awarded by the Civil Rights Defense Fund of the National Rifle Association; 1999
  • James A. Thomas Lecturer; Yale Law School; 1994