Leo Martinez is Albert Abramson Professor of Law and a proud member of the UC Hastings Class of 1978. Following his graduation from UC Hastings, Professor Martinez met his military commitment as a U.S. Army JAG Corps, he served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney, and built a private practice focused on tax issues with the San Francisco law firm of Howard Rice, et al. (since merged with Arnold & Porter). He joined the UC Hastings faculty in 1985 and served as UC Hastings’ Academic Dean for 12 years.
Professor Martinez has been back in the classroom since 2006 interrupted in the 2009 to 2010 academic year when he served as UC Hastings’ Acting Chancellor and Dean. His teaching has included some combination of contracts, federal tax, tax policy, tax procedure, insurance law, and financial basics for lawyers. He is a co-author of the West casebook on insurance law and an editor of the four-volume treatise New Appleman Insurance Law and Practice Guide (Leo P. Martinez, Marc S. Mayerson & Douglas R. Richmond eds. LexisNexis 2013). He is a member of the American Law Institute and he is a past President of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS). He was recently elected to the Council for the American Bar Association Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar.
Outside of academia, Professor Martinez has been active in public service. He has chaired the boards of four different nonprofit organizations including KQED, Inc.; Public Advocates, a San Francisco-based public interest law firm; the St. Francis Hospital Foundation; and Public Media Company, a nonprofit organization dedicated to broadening the reach of public broadcasting and that is a founding partner of VuHaus.com, a digital music video service. He is also a member of the board of CollegeTrack, a Bay Area-based organization that provides mentoring for high school students living in underserved communities and he is a member of the Chancellor's Club Advisory Board for the University of Kansas.
Public Advocates has presented Professor Martinez with its highest award, the Voices of Conscience Award, for his leadership in the law and the public interest. He was the recipient in 2011 of the annual Latino/a Law Professors Award by the Latino/a Law Professors Group for his “outstanding contributions to the Latino/a community in general and Latino/a law professors in particular.” He has been honored for his service to UC Hastings with the establishment of a scholarship which bears his name and which was endowed by UC Hastings alumni and faculty.
Courses Taught: Tax, Insurance, Financial Basics for Lawyers, and Contracts
Expertise: Contracts, Insurance, Tax, and Communications Law