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About Joseph J. Martins

Professor Joseph J. Martins joined the faculty of Liberty University School of Law in fall 2011. Before coming to Liberty, Professor Martins spent five years in public interest law as a constitutional litigator and two years in private practice as a civil litigator.

Professor Martins’s research focuses upon constitutional liberties in the context of higher education. He is particularly interested in the free speech rights of faculty and students at public universities. Professor Martins has lectured extensively on a wide variety of constitutional issues as well as the jurisprudential foundations of law and of America’s legal system. Professor Martins’s recent articles have been published in the Cornell Journal of Law & Public Policy and the Tulsa Law Review

Before entering teaching, Professor Martins practiced public interest law, working on cases affecting the constitutional rights of citizens in the public square and public schools. Several of the cases he litigated yielded published decisions in federal courts of appeals and district courts around the country. Previously, he practiced for a general civil litigation firm in the areas of contract law, community association law, construction law, personal injury law, and property law. He also clerked for Tennessee Supreme Court Justice E. Riley Anderson. Professor Martins received his bachelor’s in history from the University of Virginia; he earned his J.D., Order of the Coif, from the University of Tennessee College of Law.

At Liberty University School of Law, Professor Martins has taught Civil Procedure, Foundations of Law, and Jurisprudence, and he also serves as the Director for the Constitutional Litigation Clinic.


Present Associate Professor, Liberty University Law School