Duquesne University School of Law

Duquesne Law Honors Judge Diamond

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Duquesne University School of Law paid tribute to the Hon. Gustave Diamond, L’56, this month with a special event for his judicial colleagues, family, and friends. Dean Maureen Lally-Green, L’74, welcomed guests on August 29, and Diamond’s first law clerk, John P. Gismondi, talked about the judge’s early years on the bench. Duquesne University President Ken Gormley offered remarks recognizing the judge’s many years of service to the Western District of Pennsylvania before his recent retirement. 

Highlights of the evening included an announcement of the Honorable Gustave Diamond Endowed Scholarship, established through the generosity of John Gismondi, and unveiling of a portrait of the judge, funded through the generosity of David and Dawne Hickton. The new Diamond scholarship will benefit a law student from Washington County, Pa.  

The Honorable Gustave Diamond was born in Burgettstown, Pa.  He served in the United States Navy from 1946-48, and graduated from Duke University in 1951 and Duquesne University School of Law in 1956. 

After serving as a law clerk to the late United States District Judge Rave F. Marsh, Jr. from 1956-61, Diamond worked as an assistant and then first assistant United States attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania.  In 1963, he was appointed United States attorney for the Western District, serving until 1969.  From 1969 to 1978, he practiced law in Pittsburgh and Washington, Pa.  

On May 2, 1978, Diamond was appointed judge of the Western District of Pennsylvania by President Jimmy Carter.  He took senior status on Feb. 1, 1994, and he retired from the bench on January 23, 2017. 

Diamond was appointed a member of the U.S. Judicial Conference Committee on Defender Services by Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist on Nov. 2, 1988 and appointed chair of the committee on Oct. 1, 1990, serving two terms. 

Diamond was honored by Duquesne University in 1978 with the distinguished Century Club award as one of the 100 outstanding graduates of the University during its first century.  He is also the recipient of the prestigious Solon Award of the American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association, the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, and the Robert E. Dauer Award for Judicial Leadership and Excellence.

Faculty Referenced In Article

Ken Gormley, J.D.Duquesne University President and Professor of Law
The Hon. Maureen Lally-Green, J.D.Dean