Paul A. Diller

Professor of Law, Director of the Certificate Program in Law & Government

Paul Diller writes and teaches in the areas of local government, the police power and related issues of state and federal constitutional law. His scholarly work has appeared in the Stanford Law Review, The University of Chicago Law Review, and the Georgetown Law Journal, among other journals. Diller's recent scholarship addresses the unique potential of cities to spur regulatory change, particularly with respect to protecting the public health. In 2010 and 2013, Diller received Willamette Law’s Robert L. Misner Award for Excellence in Faculty Scholarship. Diller directs the law school's Certificate Program in Law and Government.

Diller is an active participant in the Oregon legislative process, advocating for legislation that promotes the public health and economic fairness. For several years, he worked on strategies to combat youth obesity with a leading nonprofit organization.

Diller clerked for Chief Judge Edward R. Becker of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit after law school. Following his clerkship he was a trial attorney in the Civil Division of the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. In his spare time, Diller enjoys playing and watching baseball, snowboarding, drinking coffee, and spending time with his family. 

In Spring 2016, Diller teaches Property and State Constitutional Law.

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  • J.D. University of Michigan, magna cum laude, Order of the Coif
  • B.S., B.A.S. University of Pennsylvania, magna cum laude

Selected Publications

  • "The Illusion of Autonomy in 'Food' Litigation," 41 Am. J. L. & Med. 274-83 (2015) (symposium).
  • "Why Do Cities Innovate in Public Health? Implications of Scale and Structure," 91 Wash. U. L. Rev. 1219-91 (2014).
  • "Combating Obesity with a Right to Nutrition," 101 Geo. L.J. 969-1021 (2013).
  • "The City and the Private Right of Action," 64 Stan. L. Rev. 1109-72 (2012).
  • "Regulating Food Retail for Obesity Prevention: How Far Can Cities Go?" (with Samantha Graff), 39 J.L. Med. & Ethics (Supp.) 89-93 (2011).
  • "Habeas and (Non-)Delegation," 77 U. Chi. L. Rev. 585-655 (2010).
  • "The Partly Fulfilled Promise of Home Rule in Oregon," 87 Or. L. Rev. 939-78 (2009) (symposium).
  • "Intrastate Preemption," 87 B.U. L. Rev. 1113-76 (2007).