Title: State Legislator, Lawyer and Professor
Company: Georgia State University
Location: Atlanta, Georgia, United States
James Martin, Clinical Associate Professor at Georgia State University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Lawyers for dedication, achievements, and leadership in law and politics.
Coming from a family involved in politics and law, naturally, Mr. Martin chose to pursue a professional path in the roles he witnessed during his upbringing. Mr. Martin received a BA in 1967, a JD in 1969 and an LLM in 1972, all from the University of Georgia, as well as an MBA in 1980 from Georgia State University. Admitted to the Georgia Bar in 1972, he commenced his career as an assistant legal counsel with the Georgia legislature, and by 1977 worked as a staff attorney for Atlanta Legal Aid /Georgia Legal Service Programs until 1980. Additionally, Mr. Martin has served of counsel and as a partner with Martin & McDuffie, Martin & Wilkes and Martin Brothers Professional Corporation for 20 years. A member of the Georgia Bar Association, Mr. Martin served as a first lieutenant in the U.S. Army from 1969 to 1971 in Vietnam.
Today, Mr. Martin is a clinical associate professor teaching courses in citizenship and law at Georgia State University, a role he has excelled in since 2009. In his political career, Mr. Martin served as an elected official as a member of the Georgia House of Representatives from 1983 to 2001. He developed consensus on and passed more than 60 major pieces of reform legislation in the areas of health care, family law, civil and criminal justice, education, probate, business law, environmental law, labor law and tax policy. From 2001 to 2003, he served as Georgia Commissioner of Human Resources, the highlight of his career, in which he oversaw a state department that employed more than 18,000 people and managed more than 100 programs in 1,000 locations in all 159 Georgia counties. He ran for Lieutenant Governor in 2006 and for the U.S. State Senate in 2008. To attest to his legacy, Mr. Martin can be found in numerous editions of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Law, Who’s Who in American Politics and Who’s Who in the South and Southwest.
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