Joy L. Delman

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Joy Delman
Emeritus Faculty
J.D., Georgetown University;
B.A., University of Pennsylvania, cum laude

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

Articles, Book Chapters, And Article-Length Works

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)

The Thomas Jefferson School of Law faculty is highly prolific in the field of legal scholarship and our professors are in demand as speakers and panelists at legal events in the U.S. and abroad.


LSRJ's 2nd Annual ProFaith/ProChoice Event

March 20, 2013

The 2nd Annual ProFaith/ProChoice Event was an enlightened discussion on often controversial issues surrounding sexuality, reproductive freedom...

Roe v. Wade Dinner

Roe v. Wade 40th Anniversary Dinner: TJSL is Well-Represented

January 28, 2013

Thomas Jefferson School of Law had a large group of attendees at the 40th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade Celebration held on January 24 by...

Dean Rudy Hasl

Dean Hasl Led TJSL Group at AALS in New Orleans

January 4, 2013

By Samantha Morales 3L

Team TJSL made a large showing at the 2013 annual meeting of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS...

Amy Louttit Accepts the Lawyers Club Women and the Law Project Scholarship

TJSL’s Amy Louttit 3L Honored at Lawyers Club of San Diego Holiday Luncheon

December 13, 2012

Amy Louttit stood proudly as the TJSL student accepted the Lawyers Club of San Diego Women and the Law Project at Thomas Jefferson School of Law...

WLC 2012 Program

Women and The Law Conference is Inspiring to Attendees

February 27, 2012

“Inspiring.”  “Unforgettable.”  “Enlightening.”  “Informative.”  “Amazing speakers.”  “This was surely one of the best Women and the Law...


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