Following his graduation from U.C. 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 Hastings faculty in 1985 and served as Hastings’ Academic Dean for 12 years. Professor Martinez has been back in the classroom since 2006 interrupted in the 2009-10 academic year when he served as Hastings’ Acting Chancellor and Dean. His teaching has included some combination of contracts, federal tax, tax policy, tax procedure, and insurance law. He is the author of the West casebook, Insurance Law (West Publishing, 2010) 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 2012). He is a member of the American Law Institute and he is a past member of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) Executive Committee. He is the President-elect of the AALS and will serve as AALS President in 2013. 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 an active leader in public service. He has chaired the boards of four different non-profit organizations including Public Advocates, a San Francisco-based public interest law firm; the St. Francis Hospital Foundation; KQED, Inc. (now Northern California Public Broadcasting); and Public Radio Capital, a non-profit organization dedicated to broadening the reach of public broadcasting. He is also a member of the boards of Access Group, a non-profit originator of loans to graduate students enrolled in professional schools, and College Track, a Bay Area-based organization which provides mentoring for high school students living in low income areas.
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 professor in particular.” He has been honored for his service to Hastings with the establishment of a scholarship which bears his name and which was endowed by Hastings alumni and faculty and he holds the Albert Abramson chair.
Courses Taught: Tax, Insurance, and Contracts