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Jena Martin

Jena Martin

Professor of Law
Director of the Forensic Justice LL.M.


  • B.A., McGill University, 1994
  • J.D., Howard University School of Law (cum laude), 1997
  • LL.M., University of Texas, 2006


Professor Martin is a Professor of Law who teaches in the areas of business and securities regulations. After practicing for a number of years at the litigation firm of Ross, Dixon & Bell, she joined the United States Securities & Exchange Commission’s Division of Enforcement.

Professor Martin left the SEC in 2005 to obtain her LL.M. at the University of Texas Law School in the area of international law, with a focus on human rights. Upon graduation, Martin returned to the Washington D.C. area where she consulted for Bloomberg L.P. while doing pro bono work for the RFK Memorial Center for Human Rights. Her current scholarship is in the burgeoning academic field of business and human rights issues.

Selected Publications

  • THE BUSINESS & HUMAN RIGHTS LANDSCAPE: MOVING FORWARD, LOOKING BACK, Cambridge University Press (2015)(ed., with Karen Bravo)
  • WHEN THE LEVEES BREAK: EXAMINING THE FAILINGS OF OUR SECURITIES MARKETS, Lexington Books (forthcoming 2016)(with Karen Kunz)
  • Changing the Rules of the Game: Beyond a Disclosure Framework for Securities Regulation 118 WV. L. REV. 59 (2015).
  • Into the Breach: The Increasing Gap between Algorithmic Trading and Securities Regulation, Vol. 44, JOURNAL OF FINANCIAL SERVICES RESEARCH No. 2 (peer reviewed journal) (co-authored with Karen Kunz)(Oct. 2013)
  • Business and Human Rights, What’s the Board got to do with it?, 2013 ILL. L. REV. 959 (2013)
  • The End of the Beginning?: A Comprehensive Examination of the U.N.’s Business and Human Rights Agenda from a Bystander Perspective, 17 FORDHAM J. CORP. FIN. L. 871 (2012)(lead article)
  • What’s in a Name? Transnational Corporations as Bystanders to the Rule of Law in a Globalized Society, 85 ST. JOHN L. REV. 1 (2011)(lead article)
  • The SEC and Shareholder Empowerment - Analyzing the New Proxy Regime and its Impact on Corporate Governance, BANKING & FINANCIAL SERVICES REPORT (2011)
  • In Praise of Process: An Exploration of the SEC, Rule 14a-(8)(i)(8) and AFSCME v. AIG, 5 U.MD. J. BUS. L. & TECH 23 (2010)
  • The Good, The Bad & The Ugly? A New Way to Look at the Intercountry Adoption Debate, 13 U.C. DAVIS J. INT’L L. & POL’Y 173 (2007)
Book Chapters:
  • “The Evolving Business and Society Landscape: Can Human Rights Make a Difference,” in THE BUSINESS & HUMAN RIGHTS LANDSCAPE: MOVING FORWARD, LOOKING BACK, Cambridge University Press (2015)(Martin & Bravo, eds.)
  • “Transnational Corporations as Bystanders under International Law,” in BUSINESS AND HUMAN RIGHTS, Sage Publications (2013)(Manoj Sinha, ed).
Works in Progress:
  • By Any Means Necessary: Examining the Use of Rule 10b-5 to Aid in the Fight for Human Rights (work in progress)(analyzing the use of Securities Exchange Act Rule 10b-5 as a means for holding corporations liable for human rights violations)
  • Stone Tablets in a Digital Age - Analyzing the Current Corporate Reporting Requirements from an under-inclusive and over-inclusive standpoint. (work in progress)(arguing that our current securities reporting requirements are both over-inclusive and under-inclusive. Under-inclusive because the information contained in public reports is often stale. Over-inclusive because the reports contain information that most investors no longer even examine.)

Teaching Experience

  • Faculty Co-Administrator, Trade Law in Geneva (Lomonosov University)
  • Faculty Co-Administrator, Comparative Law in Mexico (University of Guanajuato)
  • Faculty Co-Administrator, Comparative Law in Brazil (University of Vila Velha)
  • Adjunct Faculty at West Virginia University, Business School
  • Legal Writing Instructor – Howard University School of Law, Washington, D.C., 2007-2009

Professional Experience

  • Legal Analyst- contracted with Bloomberg, L.P., Washington, D.C., 2006-2008
  • Senior Counsel- U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission, Division of Enforcement, Washington, D.C., 2000-2005
  • Associate- Ross, Dixon & Bell (formerly Ross, Dixon & Masback), Washington, D.C., 1997-2000
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