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The Honorable Mark Martin at his installation service as Regent University School of Law's new dean.

Meet Regent Law’s Dean, Mark D. Martin, J.D., LL.M.

Mark Martin is Dean and Professor at Regent University School of Law. Martin previously served as the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of North Carolina.

In 1999, at age 35, Martin was installed as the youngest Justice in the history of the Supreme Court of North Carolina. Martin served as an Associative Justice beginning in 1999 and was appointed as Chief Justice in 2014. Martin has also served on the North Carolina Court of Appeals and the North Carolina Superior Court.

Chief Justice Martin has held many national and state leadership roles. Most recently, Chief Justice John Roberts appointed Martin as a member of the Committee on Federal-State Jurisdiction of the Judicial Conference of the United States.  He has also served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Conference of Chief Justices, and as Chair of the ABA Judicial Division and Appellate Judges Conference. Martin is a former chair of the Appellate Judges Education Institute Board of Directors.

Chief Justice Martin is deeply committed to advancing the rule of law and improving the administration of justice. In his home state, he convened the North Carolina Commission on the Administration of Law and Justice. That initiative resulted in a number of important reforms, including legislation that ended North Carolina’s practice of automatically prosecuting 16- and 17-year-old juvenile offenders as adults. Chief Justice Martin also sought to narrow the access-to-justice gap in North Carolina by creating a bar-funded Pro Bono Resource Center. He has also been involved in promoting the rule of law internationally, including serving on the Commission on the World Justice Project and participating in the World Justice Forum in Vienna, Austria and World Justice Forum III in Barcelona, Spain.

In recognition of his extensive service to the courts, Chief Justice Martin has been inducted into the Warren E. Burger Society of the National Center for State Courts. Martin is the recipient of the ABA 2019 Robert Yegge Award for Outstanding Contribution in the Field of Judicial Administration and the North Carolina Bar Association 2019 Liberty Bell Award.

Chief Justice Martin received his LL.M. in Judicial Process from the University of Virginia School of Law, his J.D. with honors from the University of North Carolina School of Law, and his undergraduate degree with highest honors from Western Carolina University.

Martin’s professional memberships include the American Inns of Court, American Law Institute, American Bar Association, Federalist Society, and the North Carolina State Bar. He is also an Associate Member of the Virginia State Bar.

He is married to Kym Lake Martin and is the proud father of five children.