Criminal Justice: Part-time Instructor
Mr. Martin has had an extensive career with the United States Department of Justice, starting first with the U.S. Parole Commission in which he served in the general counsel’s office.
Within this work, he provided legal advice to presidential appointees, assisted in defending litigation brought by disappointed federal prisoners who sought release on parole as well as reviewed and helped draft agency regulations and proposed legislation. Mr. Martin transferred to the Department of Justice’s Criminal Division in 1977 and worked in the Special Litigation Unit, focusing on post-sentencing litigation issues.
From 1978 until his retirement from the federal system in 2012, Mr. Martin served as an assistant U.S. attorney, representing the United States, its agencies and employees in diverse civil litigation as well as prosecuted federal criminal offenses. On the civil side, Mr. Martin primarily engaged in litigation brought by federal prisoners although he also defended various federal agencies, such as the Postal Service, in matters ranging from slip and falls to wrongful death.
In criminal matters Mr. Martin’s caseload ran the federal gamut from trespassing to murder, political and law enforcement corruption, white collar offenses, drug distribution as well as child exploitation and obscenity. He worked with local, state and a variety of federal law enforcement agencies. Mr. Martin over the years received national recognition for his prosecution work from the Bureau of Prisons, FBI, Department of Labor and the Corps of Engineers as well as Pennsylvania governmental divisions.
Beginning in the mid-1980s with his experiences, Mr. Martin engaged in teaching assignments. For the Bureau of Prisons, he periodically lectured at annual training at nearby federal prisons, the Advanced Staff Training Center in Colorado and the General Counsel’s Office. In addition, he intermittently taught both substantive law courses and trial advocacy for the Department’s Office of Legal Education in Washington, D.C. and later at the National Advocacy Center in South Carolina.