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Prof. Martin named to "50 Under 50" list

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. –  West Virginia University College of Law faculty member  Jena Martin has been named one of the top minority law professors in the country. 

Martin, an associate professor of law, is featured in the “50 Under 50” list in the 2014 “Law School Diversity Special Issue” published this month by Lawyers of Color. 

A member of the WVU Law faculty since 2009, Martin teaches courses in business organizations, international business transactions, and securities regulations. Her areas of research include the growing field of business and human rights. 

Last fall, Martin organized a business and human rights conference at WVU. Supported by the United Nations Working Group on Business and Human Rights, it offered an examination of the issues and advances in the field with leading experts from around the world.

Earlier this year, Martin spoke at the Second United Nations Forum on Business and Human Rights in Geneva, Switzerland.

Martin graduated with degrees in history and political science from McGill University in 1994 and she earned her J.D. from Howard University School of Law in 1997. She received her LL.M. in International Law from the University of Texas Law School in 2006.

Prior to joining the faculty at WVU Law, Martin worked as an associate at Ross, Dixon & Bell in Washington, D.C.; as a senior counsel for the United State Securities & Exchange Commission’s Division of Enforcement; and as a consultant for Bloomberg L.P. in Washington, D.C. She also worked pro bono for the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights.

Martin is a member of the Maryland, District of Columbia and West Virginia Bars.

Lawyers of Color is the parent company of three publications—”On Being a Black Lawyer,” “On Being a Hispanic Lawyer,” and “On Being a Lawyer of Color”—which are geared toward lawyers and law students of South Asian American, Pacific Asian American, Hispanic, and Native American heritage.

WVU Law associate professor  Will Rhee was named to the Lawyers of Color “50 Under 50” list last year.



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