Nominee to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
Judge Paul S. Diamond is a well respected jurist who is known for his strong intellect, work ethic, fairness, efficiency and preparation on the bench.
Judge Diamond has a distinguished record as a federal district court judge and as an attorney in the private and public sectors.
Judge Diamond has served as a U.S. District Court Judge for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania since 2004, when he was unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate.
From 1992 to 2004, Judge Diamond was a partner at the Philadelphia firm of Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel.
In 1983, Judge Diamond joined the Philadelphia firm of Dilworth, Paxson, Kalish & Kauffman, becoming a partner in 1986.
As an attorney in private practice, Judge Diamond practiced in the areas of complex and civil litigation. He also represented clients in civil rights litigation, federal white collar criminal matters, and disciplinary and judicial conduct matters.
From 1977 to 1980 and from 1980 to 1983, Judge Diamond served as an Assistant District Attorney with the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office. As a prosecutor in the Appeals Division, he litigated approximately four dozen appellate matters in the state and federal courts. He handled felony and misdemeanor cases, evidentiary hearings, bail hearings, and federal and state habeas corpus hearings. He also represented the District Attorney's Office in civil litigation matters.
Judge Diamond possesses impressive academic credentials and professional training.
Following law school, Judge Diamond clerked for then-Justice Bruce W. Kauffman of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania (now a Senior U.S. District Court Judge in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania).
In 1977, Judge Diamond received his law degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Law.
He graduated magna cum laude from Columbia University in 1974.
From 1970 to 1972, he attended Hunter College of the City University of New York as a member of the Honors Program.
Judge Diamond has actively served his community in several capacities.
From 1998 to 2004, Judge Diamond served on the Pennsylvania Lawyers Fund for Client Security Board, which provides relief to citizens — almost all of whom are low-income —whose lawyers have stolen or misappropriated money from them. He served in several Board leadership positions, including Treasurer (1999-2000); Vice-Chair (2001-2002); and Chair (2003-2004).
From 2002 to 2003, Judge Diamond served on the Project Safe Neighborhoods Grant Selection Committee for the United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. The committee reviewed proposals enabling law enforcement agencies to track violent crimes in disadvantaged neighborhoods in order to prosecute and prevent these crimes.