Albert Abramson Professor of Law


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 member of the 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. 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, and insurance law. 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 the President of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS). He has conducted more than 20 separate site accreditation visits at American law schools on behalf of the American Bar Association Section on Legal Education and the AALS.

Outside of academia, Professor Martinez has been active in public service. He has chaired the boards of four different nonprofit organizations including KQED, Inc. (now Northern California Public Broadcasting); Public Advocates, a San Francisco-based public interest law firm; the St. Francis Hospital Foundation; and Public Radio Capital, a nonprofit organization dedicated to broadening the reach of public broadcasting. He is also a member of the board of CollegeTrack, a Bay Area-based organization which provides mentoring for high school students living in low income areas 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.”



  1. University of California, Hastings College of the Law 1978

    J.D., Law

  2. University of Southern California 1975

    M.Sc., Systems Management

  3. The University of Kansas 1971

    B.Sc., Engineering Physics


  1. Voices of Conscience Award 2015

    Awarded by Public Advocates.

  2. Voices of Conscience Award 2015

    Awarded by Public Advocates.

  3. Latino/a Law Professors Award 2011

    Awarded by the Latino/a Law Professors Group.

Selected Scholarship

  1. Structural Impediments to Tax Reform: The Environment as Case Study 01/2013

    Florida Tax Review

  2. "To Lay and Collect Taxes": The Constitutional Case for Progressive Taxation 01/1999

    Yale Law & Policy Review

  3. The Summons Power and the Limits of Theory: A Reply to Professor Hyman 01/1997

    Tulane Law Review

  4. Babies, Bathwater, and Law Reviews 01/1995

    Stanford Law Review

  5. Taxes, Morals, and Legitimacy 01/1994

    Brigham Young University Law Review


  1. Contracts
  2. Financial Basics for Lawyers