Judy Perry Martinez

Judy Perry Martinez

Judy Perry Martinez of Simon, Peragine, Smith & Redfearn in New Orleans became president of the American Bar Association in August 2019.

For more than 30 years, Martinez has held various leadership positions at the ABA, including as chair of the Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary, which evaluates all prospective nominees to the federal bench. Earlier, she served as the ABA’s lead representative to the United Nations and as a member of the ABA Board of Governors and its executive committee. Later, she served as chair of the ABA Presidential Commission on the Future of Legal Services and, most recently, as a member of the ABA Task Force on Building Public Trust in the American Justice System.

Martinez has served 26 years in the ABA House of Delegates and served on the ABA Task Force on Attorney Client Privilege, the Council of the ABA Center on Diversity, and the council of the Section of Litigation. She also was a member of the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession and chair of the ABA Commission on Domestic Violence and the ABA Young Lawyers Division.

Martinez is a member of the board of directors of the American Bar Foundation, a fellow of the American Bar Foundation and the Louisiana Bar Foundation, and a member of the American Law Institute.

Martinez has chaired the New Orleans Bar Association Young Lawyers Section, the New Orleans Pro Bono Project, the Louisiana State Bar Association Committee on Minority Involvement in its inaugural year, 1989, the LSBA Professionalism and Quality of Life Committee, and the LSBA Post-Conviction Death Penalty Representation Committee. She currently serves as a Distinguished Access to Justice Pro Bono Fellow for Southeast Louisiana Legal Services. She also serves on the board of the Innocence Project-New Orleans and as an officer of the World Justice Project.

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Guest Appearances
July 16, 2020

What can we expect from the all-virtual 2020 ABA Annual Meeting?

ABA President Judy Perry Martinez and Marty Balogh of the Meetings and Travel Group share behind-the-scenes information about the ABA annual meeting.

May 4, 2020

Civics Literacy with ABA President Judy Perry Martinez

American Bar Association president Judy Perry Martinez tells us what people got right and what they got wrong in their ABA 2020 Survey of Civic Literacy.

February 27, 2020

ABA TECHSHOW 2020: Judy Perry Martinez

Judy Perry Martinez shares updates on her presidency and current ABA projects.

December 16, 2019

A Study into Women Leaving the Law

ABA President Judy Perry Martinez and attorneys and study authors Stephanie Scharf and Roberta Liebenberg discuss the recently released research on why women are leaving the law and how it is impacting...

December 4, 2019

ABA Projects and Pursuits: A Conversation with President Judy Perry Martinez

Judy Perry Martinez shares an overview of current projects and activities at the ABA.

August 8, 2019

ABA Annual Meeting 2019: ABA President-Elect, Judy Perry Martinez

ABA President-elect Judy Perry Martinez talks about legal issues the ABA plans to resolve and touches on key topics, such as innovation and education, gun violence as well as immigration.

January 30, 2019

ABA Midyear Meeting 2019: ABA President-Elect Judy Perry Martinez

Judy Perry Martinez discusses a variety of topics including lawyer wellness, immigration, gun violence, legal education, and legal technology.

March 20, 2017

ABA TECHSHOW 2017: ABA Center for Innovation Takes on Access to Justice

Judy Perry Martinez discusses the American Bar Association Center for Innovation and what qualities the program looks for in a fellow.

June 10, 2015

The ABA Commission on the Future of Legal Services

The legal service industry has been changing rapidly, causing many lawyers to worry about the future of their practice. Many potential clients are now looking online for solutions to legal problems. Despite...