Paul A. Diller

Paul A. Diller

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

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

Curriculum Vitae

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Paul Diller’s research currently focuses on 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.  In 2010 and 2013, Diller received Willamette Law’s Robert L. Misner Award for Excellence in Faculty Scholarship. In recent years, Diller has worked on obesity prevention policy with a leading nonprofit public health organization. Diller currently teaches State and Local  Government, Property, Public Health Law and State Constitutional Law.

A native of New Jersey, 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. Diller is a member of the U.S. Supreme Court, Ninth Circuit, New York, and New Jersey bars. 

When not working, Diller might be found playing (or just watching) baseball, snowboarding, drinking coffee, or spending time with his family.

Selected Publications

  • "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).
  • "When Congress Passes an Intentionally Unconstitutional Law: The Military Commissions Act of 2006," 61 SMU L. Rev. 281-335 (2008).
  • "Intrastate Preemption," 87 B.U. L. Rev. 1113-76 (2007).