Courses: Constitutional Law, Basic Civil Procedure
Expertise: Civil Procedure, Federal Jurisdiction and Courts, Constitutional Law, Civil Rights, Education Law, Desegregation of Higher Education
Professor Alfreda Sellers Diamond has been teaching at the Southern University Law Center since 1989. In the spring of 1990, she was presented the Black Law Students Association’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. Her previous teaching experience has been as an adjunct instructor in insurance law at the Tulane University School of Law and before law school, as an elementary and middle school teacher and band director in the public school system of East Baton Rouge Parish.
Diamond earned a B.M.Ed. (1976), M.Ed. (1978), and J.D. (1986) from Louisiana State University, and an LL.M. (1993) from the Columbia University School of Law. Law school honors include membership on the Moot Court Board, semi-finalist for the Robert Tullis Moot Court Competition, and runner-up and second-best brief for the Frederick Douglass Moot Court Regional Competition.
Diamond’s legal experience began as an associate with Patrick F. McGrew and Associates in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where she specialized in bankruptcy, criminal law, employment discrimination, insurance defense, and torts. She clerked for Freddie Pitcher, Jr., when he served as District Judge in the 19th Judicial District Court. Diamond later joined the Schumacher Law Corporation of New Orleans, where as an associate, she handled not only bankruptcy and employment discrimination, but personal injury, family law, and successions.
Her research and scholarly writings have focused widely on issues of equal educational opportunities for African Americans, children, and the disabled. Her publications have appeared in the Hastings Constitutional Law Quarterly, Mississippi Law Journal, UMKC Law Review, National Black Law Journal, Hastings Race and Poverty Law Journal, Tulane Law Review, and the Southern University Law Review. Professor Diamond is Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Louisiana Resource Center for Educators.