Shari Seidman Diamond

Howard J. Trienens Professor of Law
Professor of Psychology


Shari Seidman Diamond is the Howard J. Trienens Professor of Law and a research professor at the American Bar Foundation. An attorney and social psychologist, she is one of the foremost empirical researchers on jury process and legal decision-making, including the use of science by the courts. She has authored or co-authored more than a hundred publications in law reviews and behavioral science journals. She is currently completing a book on juries based on a unique field experiment in which cameras recorded real jury deliberations.

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Areas of Expertise

  • Trademarks
  • Juries
  • Law and Social Science
  • Empirical Legal Research

Selected Publications

  • Trademark And Deceptive Advertising Surveys: Law, Science, And Design (American Bar Association, Section of Intellectual Property Law 2012) (with Jerre B. Swann).
  • Reference Guide on Survey Research, in Reference Manual on Scientific Evidence 359-423, 3rd edition (Federal Judicial Center/National Academy of Sciences 2011).
  • Damage Anchors on Real Juries, 8 Journal of Empirical Legal Studies 148-78 (2011) (with Mary R. Rose, Beth Murphy, & John Meixner).
  • Efficiency and Cost: The Impact of Videoconferenced Hearings on Bail Decisions, 100 Journal of Criminal Law & Criminology 869-902 (2010) (with Locke E. Bowman, Manyee Wong, and Matthew M. Patton).
  • Empirical Scholarship in Law Reviews, 6 Annual Review of Law & Social Science 581-99 (2010) (with Pam Mueller ).
  • Goffman on the Jury: Real Jurors’ Attention to the “Offstage” of Trials , 34 Law and Human Behavior 310-323 (2010) (with Mary R. Rose, and Kim M. Butler ).

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  • BA, University of Michigan
  • JD with honors, University of Chicago
  • MA, Northwestern University
  • PhD, Northwestern University

Prior Appointments

  • Visiting Professor, Harvard Law School
  • Attorney, Sidley & Austin
  • Lecturer, University of Chicago Law School
  • Professor, University of Illinois at Chicago

Recent Consulting Activities

  • Debevoise & Plimpton LLP (New York)
  • O'Melveny & Myers LLP (Los Angeles)
  • Special Advisor, ABA Commission on the American Jury Project

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