Stephen F. Diamond
Associate Professor of Law
Stephen Diamond joined the faculty after receiving a Ph.D. in political science from the University of London and a J.D. from Yale Law School. After graduating from Yale he spent five years as an associate at Latham & Watkins in New York (one year) and Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati in Palo Alto (four years). He received his B.A. in Development Studies from U.C. Berkeley.
While in private practice, Professor Diamond represented entrepreneurs, investment banks, venture capital funds, start-up companies and public companies, predominantly in the high technology sector. Professor Diamond has served on the board of directors of a publicly traded technology company and on the boards of two start-up companies.
He teaches courses on business law, securities law, corporate finance, corporate governance, labor issues and the global economy. He is a regular guest lecturer at Santa Clara’s Leavey School of Business. In his research Professor Diamond uses comparative and institutional analysis to assess the impact of globalization, new technology and financial innovation. He is currently working on a research project that examines regulatory and structural changes in the U.S. capital markets. His most recent book is Rights and Revolution: The Rise and Fall of Nicaragua’s Sandinista Movement (Vandeplas).
Professor Diamond has been a visiting professor at Cornell Law School and a fellow at Harvard’s Center for International Affairs, the University of California’s Graduate School of International Relations and Pacific Studies and the Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies at U.C. San Diego. He has also been a visiting scholar at Stanford’s Center for Latin American Studies and a junior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. He is the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship in International Peace and Security.
Professor Diamond regularly provides strategic advice to a wide range of organizations and individuals in the private, non-profit and public sectors. He advises unions, institutional investors, and entrepreneurs on corporate finance, fiduciary obligations, corporate governance and general business law issues. He has served as an expert witness in litigation matters related to those same areas. Prior to his legal career, he was active in the trade union movement as a labor educator, organizer, staff member and union officer.
While a student at Yale, Professor Diamond was part of the legal team headed by Professor Harold Koh that represented the so-called Haitian "boat people" quarantined by the federal government at the U.S. Naval Station at Guantanamo Bay. While an associate at Latham & Watkins in New York he helped the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund and survivors of the Golden Venture, a ship carrying political refugees from mainland China that ran aground in New York City’s harbor, in their successful three-year legal and political effort to secure the survivors' release from detention in INS jails and political asylum in the United States.
Professor Diamond is licensed to practice law in New York and California.
- Assistant Professor, Cornell Law School (one year visit)
- Associate, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, Palo Alto, California
- Associate, Latham & Watkins, New York, New York
- MacArthur Fellow in International Peace and Security
- Visiting Scholar, Center for International Affairs, Harvard University
- Visiting Scholar, Center for Latin American Studies, Stanford University
- Visiting Scholar, Graduate School of International Relations and Pacific Studies, University of California
- Visiting Scholar, Center for U.S. Mexican Studies, University of California, San Diego
- Ethics Scholar, Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, Santa Clara University
- Guest Lecturer, Executive MBA Program, Santa Clara University School of Business
- Phi Beta Kappa
- Junior Fellow, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (Project on Terrorism, Amb. Donald F. McHenry)
- Member, New York and California Bar
- Corporate Governance
- Corporate Finance
- Business Law
- Securities Law
- International Labor Rights
- International Trade
- International Finance
- Comparative Corporate Law
Bannan Hall 200B
J.D., Yale Law School, Symposium Editor, Yale Law Journal
Ph.D., Political Science, University of London (Birkbeck College), MacArthur Fellow in International Peace and Security
B.A., Phi Beta Kappa, University of California, Berkeley