James M. Diaz, Esq.
Health Policy & Law Faculty
Jay Diaz is a Staff Attorney / Public Advocate with the ACLU of Vermont. Through the ACLU, he advocates to uphold constitutional rights and prevent discrimination through impact litigation, while also promoting the expansion of rights and dignity for all through policy work. Previously, Mr. Diaz was a staff attorney with the Disability Law Project of Vermont Legal Aid, representing low-income Vermonters with disabilities through direct representation and legislative advocacy. He was also the 2012-2014 Vermont Poverty Law Fellow, working to ensure access, stability, and equity for low-income students across Vermont.
In 2015, he published a report entitled Kicked Out! Unfair and Unequal Student Discipline in Vermont's Public Schools, in which he detailed racial, disability-based, and geographic disparities in the suspension and expulsion of Vermont's schoolchildren. The Vermont Bar Journal also published an article by Mr. Diaz detailing the plight of students with disabilities in Vermont's truancy system entitled, Chronically Absent Students or Chronically Absentminded Policies? How Vermont Can Change its Truancy System to Keep Kids in School and Stop the School-to-Prison-Pipeline.
Mr. Diaz is a 2012 graduate of Boston College Law School and received his undergraduate degree from New York University in 2006. He lives in Williston with his wife, Julia Shaw, and dog, Lucky.