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Michael W. Martin

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Associate Dean for Experiential Education, Director of Clinical Programs, and Clinical Professor of Law

Curriculum Vitae
Telephone: 212-636-7781
Email: [email protected]
Office: Room 9-104 (150 West 62nd Street, 9th Floor)

Research and Teaching Areas

Civil Rights; Police Misconduct; Trials/Trial Procedure; Welfare; Prisons


Professor Martin is a Clinical Professor of Law at Fordham University School of Law, teaching the Federal Litigation Clinic and Seminar. He has also taught Fundamental Lawyering Skills, Judicial Externships, the Justice and Welfare Clinic, and the Family Advocacy Clinic. In addition, he teaches International Human Rights and International Criminal Law as part of Fordham’s Belfast-Dublin Summer Program. Prior to joining the faculty at Fordham, Professor Martin taught the Federal Litigation Clinic and Seminar at Brooklyn Law School (1998 - 1999) and was an associate at Sullivan & Cromwell (1994 - 1998). He also served as Sullivan & Cromwell’s Pro Bono Fellow, exclusively prosecuting prisoner civil rights actions in the Southern District of New York from 1994 to 1995. Professor Martin clerked for the Hon. John F. Keenan, United States District Judge for the Southern District of New York, from 1992 to 1994.

Selected Publications

  • TRIAL PRACTICE, Lexis-Nexis (2d ed. 2014), a 600+-page advocacy text co-authored with Paul A. Radvany, Lawrence A. Dubin & Thomas F. Guernsey.
  • Forward: Root Causes for the Pro Se Prisoner Litigation Crisis, 80 Fordham L. Rev. 1219 (2011).
  • Current Issues in Judicial Recusal, 30 Rev. Litig. 1 (2011).
  • Pro Bono Innovations: A Report on Associate Externships and Fellowships, 6 NY Litigator 44-55, New York State Bar Association’s Commercial and Federal Litigation (Summer 2000)
  • Acknowledged for assistance in preparation of S.D.N.Y. Pro Se Trial Manual (1997).
  • Negligent Misrepresentation and Fairness Opinions, 60 Fordham L. Rev. 160 (1991).


Professor Martin is a 1992 graduate of Fordham University School of Law, where he graduated cum laude as the Writing and Research Editor of the Law Review, a member of the Order of the Coif, a director of Fordham Student Sponsored Fellowship program, and the recipient of the Senior Prize, the West Publishing Company Award for Most Significant Contribution to Legal Scholarship, and the New York State Bar Association’s (“NYSBA’s”) Law Student Legal Ethics Award.

Prior to attending the Law School, Professor Martin taught secondary school in Kenya with Harvard University’s WorldTeach Program and developed programs in Ireland and Northern Ireland for the Institute for International Sport. He is a 1987 graduate of the University of Virginia and is a member of the Executive Committee of the AALS Litigation Section, for which he served as Chair in 2010 and Co-Chair in 2002 and is currently Chair. He has also been a member of the Executive Committee of the NYSBA’s Federal Litigation Section, for which he served as the chairperson of its Pro Bono and Public Interest Committee from 1999-2005. He was a Board Member of Legal Services for New York City from 2000-2004.

  • Fordham JD, 1992
  • University of Virginia BA, 1987