Levin College of Law

Diane A. Tomlinson

Senior Legal Skills Professor


Mailing Address:
Box #117625 Gainesville, FL 32611

(352) 273-0875


Appellate Advocacy  • Legal Research  • Legal Writing  • 


Diane Tomlinson is a Senior Legal Skills Professor who joined the faculty at the University of Florida Levin College of Law in 1996. She specializes in legal research and writing and appellate advocacy, both of which she is presently teaching. Before joining the faculty, Professor Tomlinson was in private practice, including the areas of commercial law, property, family law, and appellate advocacy. She has taught at the University of Warsaw in Warsaw, Poland, where she also presented seminars to private practitioners and law students. As a law student, Tomlinson was elected to two terms as Senior Research Editor and Editor in Chief of the Florida Law Review. Her current professional activities include membership on the Executive Board of the James C. Adkins, Jr. Chapter of the American Inns of Court, long serving as Law School Liaison for which she recently received an Outstanding Service Award.


J.D., University of Florida (with honors)
B.S.B.A., University of Florida (high honors)

Teaching and Scholarship

Legal Research & Writing and Appellate Advocacy

Professional Activities

  • University of Florida: Joined College of Law in 1996 as Legal Research, Writing and Appellate Advocacy as Assistant Director and instructor. Editor, Florida Law Review (1992).
  • Private Practice: Henry L. Gray Jr. (1993-94); solo practice (1994-present).
  • Professional Affiliations: The Florida Bar, American Bar Association, American Inns of Court, Eighth Judicial Bar Association, Florida Association for Women Lawyers, Legal Writing Institute, Order of the Coif, Beta Gamma Sigma, Phi Kappa Phi, Omicron Delta Epsilon, Golden Key, Phi Theta Kappa, Financial Management Association, Florida Blue Key.


Appellate Advocacy - LAW 5793
  • As a continuation of LAW 5792, a factual situation is presented to the student by means of a hypothetical appellate record. The record is the basis for the preparation of an appellate brief and oral arguments.
Legal Research & Writing - LAW 5792
  • First half of two-part course, both required for graduation. Includes emphasis on basic legal research and writing legal memoranda. Graded on a scale of Satisfactory (S), Honors (S+), or Unsatisfactory (U). Must be completed with a grade of "S" or better even if this necessitates repeating course following semester.