Welcome back PCLP-ers!
On Wednesday, January 18th, we'll jump into the spring semester with a presentation by our own Professor Diamond: "The Aftermath of Rampage Shootings: Can Restorative Justice and Human Interaction Make a Positive Contribution to the Way Society Reacts to Heinous Crimes?"
Rampages now occur with unsettling frequency. In his study, Professor Diamond has compared and contrasted the aftermath of tragedies in non-indigenous communities with the responses when the tragedies have occurred in certain American Indian communities. Professor Diamond explores the adaptation of certain practices from indigenous peoples as a method contributing to healing, closure, and reconciliation following heinous criminal behavior, including incorporating face-to-face interpersonal interaction between mass shooting victims, their families, and offenders and their families. As a by-product of the adversarial system, a wall of separation exists between offenders and their victims, who occasionally talk at each other in sentencing hearings but not to one another. Instead, could face-to-face, interpersonal interactions between rampage murderers or their families and victims or their families result in reconciliation and greater healing?
Professor Jim Diamond is a professor at our College of Law and is the Director of the Tribal Justice Clinic. He has practiced criminal law from both sides for the past 25 years, including beginning his career as an assistant state's attorney in Connecticut for six years and then representing clients in state and federal court as a private criminal defense attorney for 20 years. In addition to his position here at the law school, Professor Diamond is also a professor and consultant for the National Tribal Trial College, where he conducts training for tribal prosecutors, public defenders, probation officers, judicial staff, lay advocates and law enforcement personnel on federal Indian law, criminal law, customary law, and courtroom skills, as well as drafting legal code for Indian tribes and appearing before tribal bodies to advise on legal subjects.
Please join us at noon in Room 156 when Professor Diamond explores these questions. As always, pizza will be served.
"The State Bar of Arizona does not approve or accredit CLE activities for the Mandatory Continuing Legal Education requirement. This activity may qualify for up to 1.0 hours toward your annual CLE requirement for the State Bar of Arizona.