Jennifer Martínez

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Jennifer Martinez
Born (1971-11-05) November 5, 1971 (age 46)
San Francisco, California U.S.
Nationality United States
Alma mater Yale University
Harvard Law School
Occupation Lawyer, Law professor
Known for Expert on international courts and tribunals

Jennifer (Jenny) S. Martinez (born November 5, 1971) is a human rights lawyer and a professor of law at Stanford Law School. She is a leading expert on international courts and tribunals, international human rights, and the laws of war.[1]

Education and legal career[edit]

Martinez graduated cum laude with distinction from Yale University and magna cum laude from Harvard Law School. During her first year in law school, she was awarded the Sears Prize, which goes to the two students with the highest first year grades. She served as Managing Editor of the Harvard Law Review and was twice published in the Law Review. After law school, she clerked for Justice Stephen Breyer,[2] Patricia Wald of the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal,[3] and Judge Guido Calabresi of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. It is believed that she is the first Hispanic woman to have clerked at the U.S. Supreme Court.

She joined Stanford Law School's faculty in 2003, after working as an attorney at the law firm Jenner & Block in Washington D.C. and as a Senior Research Fellow and Visiting Lecturer at Yale University. She has twice been named one of the "100 Most Influential Hispanics" and an "Elite Woman" by Hispanic Business magazine." She also was named to the National Law Journal’s list of “Top 40 Lawyers Under 40" and the American Lawyer’s “Young Litigators Fab Fifty." She also has received the Civil Rights Advocacy Award from the La Raza Lawyers of San Francisco and the Ray of Hope Award from Hispanas Organized for Political Equality (HOPE). When asked to cite the best U.S. Supreme Court decision since 1960 by Time, she cited New York Times Co. v. U.S. (1971).[4] She has pointed to the Japanese internment case, Korematsu v. U.S. (1944), as among the worst opinions.[5]

She serves on the board of directors for the Open Society Justice Initiative and has served as a consultant on international human rights issues for both Human Rights First and the International Center for Transitional Justice. She is also a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Martinez represented José Padilla in the Supreme Court in Rumsfeld v. Padilla.[6][7][8]

Personal life[edit]

In 2004, Martinez married David Silliman Graham.[9]


  1. ^ Trei, Lisa (October 25, 2006). "Military Commissions Act a 'poisoned chalice,' scholar warns during symposium". Stanford News. Retrieved May 8, 2017. 
  2. ^ Feldman, Noah (May 8, 2017). "Nominees for the appeals court bench are brilliant lawyers, who happen to be conservative". Bloomberg News. Retrieved May 8, 2017. 
  3. ^ Kontorovich, Eugene (February 3, 2014). "Three international courts and their constitutional problems". Washington Post. Retrieved May 8, 2017. 
  4. ^ Sachs, Andrea (October 6, 2015). "The Best Supreme Court Decisions Since 1960". Time Magazine. Retrieved May 8, 2017. 
  5. ^ Bomboy, Scott (December 18, 2015). "The Supreme Court's 'worst decision' lives on in 2016 campaign". Constitution Center Blog. Retrieved May 8, 2017. 
  6. ^ "Jenny S. Martinez | Stanford Law School". Archived from the original on 2012-02-22. Retrieved 2012-03-15. 
  7. ^ Barbash, Fred (November 22, 2005). "Padilla's Lawyers Suggest Indictment Helps Government Avoid Court Fight". Washington Post. Retrieved May 8, 2017. 
  8. ^ "Bush Unbound: The Supreme Court must order the government to charge or release Jose Padilla". Harvard Crimson. April 29, 2004. Retrieved May 8, 2017. 
  9. ^ "Weddings: Jenny Martinez, David Graham". New York Times. November 7, 2004. Retrieved May 8, 2017. 

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