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  • 



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.