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Shari Seidman Diamond

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Joint appointment

Howard J. Trienens Professor of Law and Professor of Psychology, Northwestern University School of Law


Ph.D., Social Psychology, Northwestern University; J.D., University of Chicago

Curriculum vitae


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…

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Research focus

Legal decision-making, including conflicts between expertise and impartiality; discretion and control; equality and individuation; and science and law. Research addresses how these conflicts influence jury and judicial decision-making, judgments about fairness, and how courts use and fail to make use of scientific evidence.


Science and the Legal System

This research (with Richard O. Lempert) considers the relationship between scientists and engineers and the legal system. Surveys and in-depth interviews have yielded a wealth of findings, including…

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Cover of Juries, Lay Judges, and Mixed Courts Juries, Lay Judges, and Mixed Courts
Cambridge University Press
"Reasons for the Disappearing Jury Trial: Perspectives from Attorneys and Judges"
Louisiana Law Review
"Inequality in Talk and Group Size Effects: An analysis of measures"
Group Processes & Intergroup Relations

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Diamond on Jury Nullification

Feb 13, 2013

ABF Research Professor Shari S. Diamond was a guest commentator on the Life of the Law podcast, Episode 1, "The Secret Power of Jury Nullification." Listen here. Diamond's comments began at the 5:30…

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Professional Service & Recognition

  • Elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, April, 2012
  • Co-President, Society for Empirical Legal Studies, 2010-2011
  • Chairperson, Dean’s Search Committee, Northwestern University, 2011
  • Special Advisor, ABA Commission on the American Jury Project, 2012-2013
  • Member, Seventh Circuit, Pattern Criminal Jury Instructions Committee
  • Member, Honorary Degrees Committee, Northwestern University
  • Member, Executive Director Search Committee, Law & Society Association 2010-2011
  • Faculty Director, JD/PhD Program, Northwestern University School of Law
  • Member, Northwestern University School of Law Appointments Committee
  • Member, Society for Empirical Legal Studies Board of Directors
  • Member, Board of Trustees, Law and Society Association 
  • Member, Board of Trustees, Society for Empirical Legal Studies
  • Member, Editorial Boards, Journal of Empirical Legal Studies; Law and Human Behavior; Law & Policy; Psychology, Law & Crime; Psychology, Public Policy, & Law; and Justice System Journal 
  • Member, Advisory Board, Evidence & Evidentiary Procedure, SSRN
  • Member, 7th Circuit American Jury Project Commission, 2005-
  • Member, American Association for the Advancement of Science/ABA National Conference of Lawyers and Scientists (NCLS), 2005-
  • Member, American Jury Project, 2003-2005 (task: writing ABA Principles for Juries and Jury Trials— adopted 2/14/05)
  • Member, Advisory Committee for the Directorate on the Social, Behavioral, & Economic Sciences, National Science Foundation, 2002-

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