Martin Joseph Jenkins
|Judge of the California Court of Appeal for the First District|
|Assumed office |
April 4, 2008
|Appointed by||Arnold Schwarzenegger|
|Preceded by||Joanne C. Parrilli|
|Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California|
November 12, 1997 – April 3, 2008
|Appointed by||Bill Clinton|
|Preceded by||Eugene F. Lynch|
|Succeeded by||Edward M. Chen|
|Judge of the Alameda County Superior Court|
|Appointed by||Pete Wilson|
|Judge of the Alameda County Municipal Court|
|Appointed by||George Deukmejian|
Martin Joseph Jenkins
November 12, 1953
San Francisco, California
|Education||City College of San Francisco (A.A.)|
Santa Clara University (B.A.)
University of San Francisco School of Law (J.D.)
Martin Joseph Jenkins (born November 12, 1953) is a Justice of the California Court of Appeal for the First District, located in San Francisco, and a former United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California. He was appointed Judicial Appointments Secretary by Governor Gavin Newsom on January 15, 2019.
Jenkins was born in San Francisco and raised in the neighborhood of Ingleside. He earned an Associate of Arts degree from City College of San Francisco, then graduated from Santa Clara University with a Bachelor of Arts degree. Jenkins played on the Santa Clara Broncos football team at defensive back. After college, Jenkins briefly played professional football for the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League. Jenkins then attended the University of San Francisco School of Law, where he earned his Juris Doctor with honors.
Jenkins was a law clerk in the Alameda County District Attorney's Office, California, from 1980 to 1981, and then a deputy district attorney (prosecutor) in that same office from 1981 to 1983. and for the United States Department of Justice in the Civil Rights Division from 1983 to 1985. In 1985, Jenkins moved back to the Bay Area when his mother became ill, then served as in-house counsel for Pacific Bell for four years.
A Democrat, Jenkins was appointed to the Alameda County Municipal Court by Republican Governor George Deukmejian in 1989. In 1992, Republican Governor Pete Wilson appointed him to the Alameda County Superior Court, where he served until 1997.
Jenkins was a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California. He was nominated by President Bill Clinton on July 24, 1997, to a seat vacated by Eugene F. Lynch. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on November 9, 1997, and received commission on November 12, 1997. His service was terminated on April 3, 2008, due to resignation.
In August 2007, Jenkins asked Republican Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to consider him for a seat on the California Court of Appeal. On January 25, 2008, Schwarzenegger nominated Jenkins to fill the vacancy on the First District Court of Appeal created by the retirement of Justice Joanne C. Parrilli. Jenkins resigned from the federal bench on April 3 and was confirmed on the state bench on April 4, 2008.
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- Harriet Chiang, Wal-Mart judge praised for compassion, diligence, San Francisco Chronicle (June 23, 2004).
- Governor Schwarzenegger Appoints Martin Jenkins to First District Court of Appeal Archived 2010-10-08 at the Wayback Machine, Press Release: Office of the Governor (January 28, 2008).
- "Commission Confirms Judge Martin Jenkins as Court of Appeal Justice". Metropolitan News-Enterprise. 2008-04-07. Retrieved 2016-04-19.
- McKee, Mike (September 21, 2009). "Martin Jenkins". The Recorder. Retrieved July 3, 2015.
- "Jenkins, Martin J. - Federal Judicial Center". www.fjc.gov.
- Commission Confirms Judge Martin Jenkins as Court of Appeal Justice, Metropolitan News-Enterprise (April 7, 2008).
- Howard Mintz, Schwarzenegger defies stereotypes, party labels in shaping California judiciary, Contra Costa Times (July 24, 2010).
- Bob Egelko, Federal judge nominated to state appeals court, San Francisco Chronicle (January 26, 2008).
Eugene F. Lynch
| Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California
Edward M. Chen
Joanne C. Parrilli
| Judge of the California Court of Appeal for the First District