Michael M. Martin

Professor Emeritus of Law

Areas of Expertise:  Evidence, Torts

Telephone: 212-636-6831
Email: [email protected] 
Office: Room 7-117

  • Michael M. Martin, Fordham University Distinguished Professor of Law, Emeritus, joined the Fordham Law faculty in 1972 and retired in 2020. His principal subjects included Torts, Civil Procedure, Evidence, and Conflict of Laws. He served as Dean of the Law School from 2010 to 2015 and previously as Associate Dean (1995-2001). For 13 years he served as faculty moderator for the Fordham Law Review, and in 2005 he was named Teacher of the Year.

    Professor Martin is co-author (with Stephen Saltzburg and Daniel Capra) of the 5-volume Federal Rules of Evidence Manual and (with Daniel Capra) of the New York Evidence Handbook. He also wrote other books, law review articles, and (for 26 years) a column on Evidence for the New York Law Journal.

    Before joining Fordham, Professor Martin taught at the University of Washington and University of Chicago law schools. He was also a visiting professor at the University of Virginia law school.

    Professor Martin received his J.D. with High Distinction from the University of Iowa, where he had received his B.A. At law school he was Editor-in-Chief of the Iowa Law Review and was elected to the Order of the Coif. Following law school, he earned a B.Litt. in Law at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar.


    Columbia, MS, 1950, JD, 1954
    Dartmouth, AB, 1948

  • Federal Rules of Evidence Manual (13th ed. forthcoming 2023, LexisNexis) (with S. Saltzburg, D. Capra & J. Berch), and 5th-12th eds., 1990-2017 with semi-annual supplements

    New York Evidence Handbook (3rd ed. 2017 & annual supplements, Wolters Kluwer) (with D. Capra), and 1st-2nd eds. 1997, 2003 with annual supplements

    Section of Litigation, American Bar Ass’n, The Attorney-Client Privilege and the Work-Product Doctrine (E. Epstein & M. Martin 2d ed. 1989, ABA)

    Morgan's Basic Problems of Evidence (M. Martin 6th ed. 1988, ALI-ABA)

    A Code of Evidence for the State of New York (1982) (with J. Prince & M. Hutter, for the New York State Law Revision Commission)

    “A Statute of Repose for Product Liability Claims,” 50 Fordham L. Rev. 745-80 (1982)

    “The New York Proposed Code of Evidence: Article V,” 47 Brooklyn L. Rev. 1339-71 (1981)

    “Inherent Judicial Power: Flexibility Congress Did Not Write Into the Federal Rules of Evidence,” 57 Tex. L. Rev. 167-202 (1979)

    “Ethical Standards for Fetal Experimentation,” 43 Fordham L. Rev. 547-70 (1975)

    “The Uncertain Rule of Certainty: An Analysis and Proposal for a Federal Evidence Rule,” 20 Wayne L. Rev. 781-818 (1974)

    “Measuring Damages in Survival Actions for Tortious Death,” 47 Wash. L. Rev. 609-28 (1972)

    “The Former-Testimony Exception in the Proposed Federal Rules of Evidence,” 57 Iowa L. Rev. 547-97 (1972)

    Student pieces at 50 Iowa L. Rev. 235-41 (1964); 50 Iowa L. Rev. 582-99 (1965); 50 Iowa L. Rev. 893-901 (1965)

    “Evidence–State and Federal,” a monthly (bi-monthly from 1990) column in the New York Law Journal, 1982-2009