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)


  • Concussion Litigation
    May 21, 2013
    Professors Joy Delman and Rod Smith discussed the legal and economic impact of concussion litigation for players, sports leagues, and uniform...
  • Monte Carlo
    April 24, 2013
    By Susanne Prochazka 3L   On April 18th, 2013, James Bond came to the East Village when International Law Society and Criminal Law Society...
  • Alums in D.C.
    April 5, 2013
    Two TJSL alumni in the Washington, D.C. area, Hallie and Alexander Balkin, have just started new positions with the federal government.  ...
  • Joy Delman on Sports Injuries
    March 22, 2013
    TJSL Professor Joy Delman brought her expertise on medical legal issues to the 65th Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) on...
  • ProFaith/ProChoice
    March 20, 2013
    The 2nd Annual ProFaith/ProChoice Event was an enlightened discussion on often controversial issues surrounding sexuality, reproductive freedom and...


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