TaxProf Blog

Editor: Paul L. Caron, Dean
Pepperdine University School of Law

Monday, April 20, 2009

Leo Martinez Named Interim Dean at UC-Hastings

Martinez UC-Hastings announced on Friday that Tax Prof Leo Martinez has been been named Interim Chancellor and Dean, effective July 1, 2009, when Nell Newton steps down to accept the Notre Dame deanship:

Professor Martinez’s experience and lengthy tenure with UC Hastings provides stability for the university as we continue our search for a permanent Chancellor and Dean,” said Board Chair James E. Mahoney. "In addition," he added,"Martinez has extensive administrative experience, having served as Academic Dean for 12 years."

From Leo's faculty page:

Leo Martinez attributes his equanimical outlook to the fortunate circumstance of his birth and childhood in the pristine mountain air of Santa Fe, New Mexico. He received his undergraduate degree in math and physics from the University of Kansas and an M.S. in systems analysis from the University of Southern California. He is a graduate of Hastings. ...

[H]e lives in the Oakland hills with his wife, Sharon (an accountant). He has two children, Jennifer (a UCLA graduate and Stanford law student) and Elizabeth (a University of Chicago undergraduate). His passions include the Oakland A's, his family, Kansas basketball, racket sports, and softball (though not necessarily in that order).

Legal Education, Tax, Tax Prof Moves, Tax Profs | Permalink

TrackBack URL for this entry:

Listed below are links to weblogs that reference Leo Martinez Named Interim Dean at UC-Hastings:


I have a great Leo Martinez story. I was sitting in the general secretarial bays next to his office when we all heard the news that a then current UC Hastings student had been arrested for a series of armed bank robberies (around Santa Cruz & Capitola). Leo walked out of his office, was told the news, and said, "Wow. This morning I gave him a good reference for [a prospective employer]."

That's a paraphrase, but I heard it with my own ears and still get a chuckle thinking about it.

Posted by: Kerplunk | Apr 21, 2009 12:22:42 PM