Title: Adjunct Professor, Attorney and Exoneree
Company: Georgetown University & Touro Law Center; Metcalf & Metcalf, P.C.
Location: Manhattan, New York, United States
Professor Martin H. Tankleff, Esq., Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University and Touro Law Center and Attorney at Metcalf & Metcalf, P.C., has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Lawyers for dedication, achievements, and leadership in law.
A lawyer who knows what life is like in prison, Mr. Tankleff is uniquely qualified for his position. Understanding what being incarcerated is like from personal experience, he is able to help his clients through their legal struggles with a keen insight into how the justice system operates. In 1995, he earned an Associate of Arts from Clinton Community College, going on to later acquire a Bachelor of Science in sociology from Hofstra University. It was not until 2014 that Mr. Tankleff received a Doctor of Jurisprudence from the Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center.
Certified to practice law in the state of New York, Mr. Tankleff has excelled as an associate attorney with Metcalf & Metcalf, P.C. since acquiring his position in early 2020. He additionally works with law students as an adjunct professor at Georgetown University and Touro Law Center. Moreover, Mr. Tankleff is a renowned consultant in his field. Throughout his career, he has written multiple books. In 2018, Mr. Tankleff’s most recent book, “When Innocent People Plead Guilty,” was published. Earlier, in 2013, he wrote “When Admitting Guilt is Not an Option,” which was preluded by “A Personal Reflection on Brady,” one year earlier. In light of his accomplishments, Mr. Tankleff earned the Martin Schwartz Award for Excellence in Civil Rights from Touro Law Center in 2014, as well as the Touro Law Pro Bono Service Award. That same year, the Black Law Students Association awarded him the Courage Award.
An active member of his industry, Mr. Tankleff maintains affiliation with numerous professional organizations. These include the New York State Bar Association, the American Bar Association and the New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, among others. Recently, he has become a member of the Touro Law Alumni Association Executive Board and the Innocence Project’s Exoneree Policy Committee. Reflecting on his accomplishments, he credits his upbringing, values, morals, and integrity. Furthermore, Mr. Tankleff is endlessly grateful for the support of his wife, daughter, and co-workers. Throughout his education and career, Mr. Tankleff cites his greatest mentors as Barry Scheck, one of the founders of the Innocence Project and Steve Braga who had the privilege to hood Mr. Tankleff at his law school graduation and was lead counsel in his exoneration. His motto is, “No matter the challenges or obstacles one faces in life, one must overcome.”
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