Leo P. Martinez



Professor of Law


College of Law


University of California Hastings


Leo P. Martinez is the Albert Abramson Professor of Law at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. He served as UC Hastings’ Academic Dean for twelve years and he served as the Acting Chancellor and Dean of the College in the 2009-10 academic year. Professor Martinez is a current member of the Council of the Section on Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar for the American Bar Association (ABA). He is a past president of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS). He has chaired or served on more than two-dozen ABA law school site evaluation visits and he has assisted more than ten law schools in their strategic planning. He is a member of the American Law Institute (ALI), he is one of the academic Advisers on the ALI’s Principles of the Law of Liability Insurance project, and he was a member of the ABA Task Force on the Future of Legal Education. Outside of academia, Professor Martinez has been an active participant in local and national non-profit organizations that seek to improve the world. He has chaired the boards of four different non-profit organizations including KQED, Inc.; Public Advocates, Inc.; the St. Francis Hospital Foundation; and Public Media Company. He is a member of the board of CollegeTrack, a Bay Area-based organization that provides mentoring for high school students living in low-income and under-served areas within the United States and he is a member of the University of Kansas Chancellor’s Advisory Board. Professor Martinez is a co-author of a leading insurance law casebook, a co-editor of a four-volume insurance treatise, and the author of many articles on tax, insurance law, and legal education that have appeared in journals ranging from the Stanford Law Review to the Tulane Law Review to the Yale Law and Policy Review to the China EU Law Journal. Professor Martinez has been honored with Annual Latino/a Law Professors Award in recognition of “outstanding contributions to the Latino/a community in general and Latino/a law professors in particular,” he has been recognized as a Distinguished Alumnus by UC Hastings Law Raza Law Students Association, and he was recognized in 2011 for leadership in the legal arena and in the public interest with the Public Advocates Voices of Conscience Award. In 2010, in recognition for his service to the College the Hastings Board of Directors approved the establishment of the $100,000 endowed Leo P. Martinez student scholarship at Hastings. He is an elected honorary fellow of the American College Coverage & Extracontractual Counsel.