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About Nathalie Martin

Nathalie Martin joined the UNM law faculty in 1998. Her research focuses on consumer law and bankruptcy, as well as elder law. Her recent research focuses on high-cost loans, such as payday, title, and installment loans, as well as the Mindfulness in Law movement. Her high-cost loan projects include several empirical studies funded by the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges, including one that funded curbside interviews of payday loan customers and an ongoing study of the credit habits of undocumented New Mexicans. Her works have been cited by the New Mexico Supreme Court as well as the United States Supreme Court.

She is the author Yoga for Lawyers: Mind Body Connections to feel better all the time.
The author of several other books and dozens of law review articles, she holds what is thought to be the only endowed chair in the country dedicated to consumer law issues.

Professor Martin teaches commercial and consumer law, as well the Economic Development (Business and Tax) Clinic at the UNM School of Law. In addition to her other courses, she runs a program promoting financial literacy in New Mexico high schools, and teaches a two-day financial literacy course for law students and undergraduates.

She is a regular blogger at Credit Slips, the nation's leading blog on debt and credit issues. She also is a former resident scholar at the American Bankruptcy Institute. In that capacity, she has appeared on CNN, ABC, CNBC and other television networks. She has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times and many other newspapers.

Professor Martin's passions include three long-term life goals: first, helping small businesses get started in New Mexico, and thus improving the State's overall economy; second, helping consumers avoid the many traps and pitfalls created by the current consumer credit world; and third, helping lawyers maintain balance in their lives.

She routinely advises law students on managing stress while practicing law in a healthy and productive way, and invites students to visit her personal wellness page.


Present Frederick M. Hart Chair in Consumer and Clinical Law, University of New Mexico School of Law

Research Interests

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  • Advanced Commercial and Consumer Law
  • Bankruptcy
  • Business Associations I
  • Business & Tax Clinic
  • Consumer Law
  • Contracts I
  • Economic Development Clinic (Business & Tax)
  • Financial Literacy
  • Practicum
  • Real Estate Planning
  • Sales of Goods
  • Secured Transactions


1998 L.L.M., Temple University
1986 J.D., Syracuse University ‐ School of Law
1983 B.A., St. Olaf College

Contact Information

UNM School of Law
1117 Stanford NE
Office: 3123
Albuquerque, NM

Ph.: 505-277-2810


Books and Book Chapters (1)

Scholarly Works (22)