Joy L. Delman
Joy L. Delman
Emeritus Faculty
J.D., Georgetown University;
B.A., University of Pennsylvania, cum laude
Phone: (619) 961-4226

Professor Delman has a varied background in civil litigation with an emphasis in medical malpractice. While at law school, she was editor of the American Criminal Law Review. After graduation she was selected for a judicial clerkship in Pennsylvania. Upon completing her clerkship, she worked in a large Philadelphia firm, where she specialized in medical malpractice litigation. Moving to San Diego, she joined the litigation department of the city’s largest law firm. Professor Delman also served as counsel to a medical products corporation.


Since she joined the faculty, she has served as faculty advisor to the Law Review, Society of Law and Medicine, student chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, and Law Students for Reproductive Justice. She is a member of the American College of Legal Medicine. She was a national lecturer for a major bar review, served on the Advisory Board of the Lawyer’s Alliance for Nuclear Arms Control, and is on the Board of Directors of Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest. Professor Delman is very involved in reproductive rights. She teaches the only law school course on Reproductive Justice in San Diego. Professor Delman has been listed in Who’s Who in American Women.


Professor Delman’s recent scholarship has been in the area of concussion litigation. She presented a paper on Concussion Litigation at the American Academy of Neurology, as well as one on Concussions in Youth Sports at a Continuing Legal Education seminar on Concussion Litigation. She participated in the Thomas Jefferson School of Law conference Gladiators in the 21st Century: Violence and Injuries in the Athletics, and will be a presenter at the upcoming Sports Law and Policy Conference at Thomas Jefferson School of Law.


Courses include:
Torts, International Bioethics, Health Care Liability and Reproductive Justice



The Use and Misuse of Physician Extenders: Aiding and Abetting the Unauthorized Practice of Medicine, 24 J. Legal Med. 249 (2003)

Other Scholarship


Download a list of Shorter Work for Professor Delman


Ethical Issues in Surrogacy, UCSD Hospital Center Ethics Committee, UCSD Hospital Center, San Diego (August 25, 2014)


  • April 24, 2014
    By Tara Almazan Mallis & Cris Kinsella   The third annual Reproductive Rights and Religion talk was held by TJSL’s Law Students for...
  • April 9, 2014
    On Friday, April 4th, TJSL's 3rd floor was transformed into a fun-filled carnival for the 2014 Public Interest Law Foundation Auction. The...
  • Professor Joy Delman Participated in UC San Diego Medical School Conference
    February 20, 2014
    On February 14th, Professor Joy L. Delman participated in a conference at the UC San Diego Medical School discussing bioethical issues in medical...
  • Professor Joy Delman
    November 6, 2013
    TJSL Professor Joy Delman has accepted a position on the Ethics Committee of the UCSD Medical Center. She was asked to serve on the committee by TJSL...
  • Center for Sports Law Conference
    September 20, 2013
    The September 20 conference organized by the Center for Sports Law & Policy at Thomas Jefferson School of Law, led by TJSL Professor and Center...


Civil & Human Rights

Civil Procedure & Litigation

Comparative Law

Gender & The Law

Health Related Legal Issues

  • Bioethics
  • Health Care Liability
  • Law and Medicine
  • Medical Malpractice

International Law

Personal Injury

Sexuality & The Law


  • Torts