Diane H. Mazur
J.D., University of Texas (high honors)
M.S., Penn State University
B.A., State University of New York at Binghamton
Teaching & Scholarship
Expertise: Civil-Military Relations, Constitutional Law, Evidence, and Professional Responsibility. Publications focus on civil-military relations under the Constitution, civilian control of the military, military law, and military service.
- University of Florida: Joined College of Law faculty as Assistant Professor in 1994. Named Associate Professor 1997, and Professor 1999. 1998 “TIP” Teaching Award.
- Visiting Faculty: University of California, Hastings College of the Law (2000-2001).
- Prior Experience: Former Captain (aircraft and munitions maintenance officer), United States Air Force. Private Practice with Modrall Law Firm, Albuquerque, New Mexico (1988-1992). Bigelow Teaching Fellow and Lecturer in Law, University of Chicago (1993-94).
Constitutional Law (4 credits) – LAW 5501
- Introduction to United States Constitutional Law. Topics include judicial enforcement of the Constitution to preserve individual liberties; judicial review; separation of powers; structure and powers of the federal government; and federalism.
Evidence (4 credits) – LAW 6330
- A study of the law governing proof of issues of fact before a judicial tribunal. Topics may include judicial notice, presumptions, burden of proof, hearsay, relevancy, testimonial proof, demonstrative and scientific proof, documentary proof and privileged communications. Emphasis is placed on the Federal Rules of Evidence.
Prerequisite: Civil Procedure (LAW 5301) [Registration preference will be given to students in their third full semester.].
Seminar: Advanced Constitutional Law (2 credits) – Law 6936
- This seminar explores a wide variety of issues in constitutional law connected by one theme: the constitutional structure for civilian control of the military and the legal relationship between civilian and military concerns. Topics may include the following: judicial deference to military judgment; interpretation of the Constitution’s military clauses; federal and state power over the modern-day state militia, the National Guard; the role of the military in homeland defense; government policy concerning treatment of detainees; the Uniform Code of Military Justice and the military’s Article I legal system; equal protection on the basis of sex in a military context; First Amendment rights of servicemembers; the future of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” after Lawrence v. Texas; military recruiting on law school campuses; military service and concepts of citizenship; and proposals to reinstitute the military draft.
The seminar will incorporate practice-oriented research skills and materials outside the usual focus on cases and statutes, such as current legislative and executive activity, government documents, empirical studies, law review writing, and appellate argument. Advanced Constitutional Law is a TWEN-based course available at lawschool.westlaw.com. Satisfies writing requirement.
Professional Responsibility & the Legal Profession (3 credits) – LAW 6750
- This course examines the role of the individual lawyer and the legal profession as an entity in contemporary society. Topics include the role of the lawyer as advocate, counselor and community leader; the ethical and moral obligations of lawyers to their clients, other lawyers and society as derived from general ethical and moral principles and as embodied in the Model Rules of Professional Conduct; problems encountered by the lawyer in representing particular categories of clients, including corporations, criminal defendants and indigents.
Representative Law Reviews/Journals
- A MORE PERFECT MILITARY: HOW THE CONSTITUTION CAN MAKE OUR MILITARY STRONGER (Oxford University Press 2010)
- Military Law, in LAW AND POPULAR CULTURE: TEXT, NOTES, AND QUESTIONS (Matthew Bender/LexisNexis 2007)
- Military Values in Law, 14 DUKE JOURNAL OF GENDER LAW & POLICY 977 (2007).
- A Blueprint for Law School Engagement with the Military, 1 JOURNAL OF NATIONAL SECURITY LAW AND POLICY 473 (2005).
- The Bullying of America: A Cautionary Tale About Military Voting and Civil-Military Relations, 4 ELECTION LAW JOURNAL 105 (2005).
- Is “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Unconstitutional After Lawrence? What It Will Take to Overturn the Policy, 15 UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA JOURNAL OF LAW AND PUBLIC POLICY 423 (2004).
- Why Progressives Lost the War When They Lost the Draft, 32 HOFSTRA LAW REVIEW 553 (2003).
- Rehnquist’s Vietnam: Constitutional Separatism and the Stealth Advance of Martial Law, 77 INDIANA LAW JOURNAL 701 (2002).