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Jenny Martinez

Jenny S. Martinez has been named the dean of Stanford University’s School of Law, effective April 1. She succeeds M. Elizabeth Magill, who served as dean beginning in 2012, and who will become provost of the University of Virginia on July 1.

Martinez has been a faculty member at the School of Law since 2003 and was associate dean for curriculum from 2013 to 2016. She clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer and currently serves as a member of the Advisory Committee on International Law at the U.S. State Department.

Martinez, who will be the third woman and first Hispanic person to serve as dean of Stanford Law, had this to say to Leadership Connect about the Working Group on Diversity and Inclusion she chaired last year: “Continuing to work on the issues addressed by the diversity working group is a top priority. I want to make sure that the law school continues to improve and is truly a place where everyone in our community can thrive.”

The Leadership Connection: Law firm professionals focused on diversity and talent development, prepare to get in touch with Stanford Law. As Martinez puts it:

I would like to see us help lead the legal profession in addressing these issues.

Stephen Danay

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