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Mike Martinez Jr.

Director of the Sarita Kenedy East Law Library and Professor

Education

  • M.S.I.S, The University of Texas at Austin, 2005
  • J.D., St. Mary’s University School of Law, 2000
  • B.A., The University of Texas at Austin, 1996

Specialties

  • Legal Research and Writing
  • Law Library Management
  • Information Technology

Biography

Martinez is the Director of the Sarita Kenedy East Law Library and Professor. He received his J.D. from St. Mary’s University School of Law in 2000 and his M.S.I.S. from the School of Information at the University of Texas in Austin in 2005.

Since 2003, Martinez has taught Legal Research and Writing and supervised students’ independent writing requirements. Martinez is the faculty member in charge of overseeing The Scholar: St. Mary’s Law Review on Race and Social Justice. He also supervises the Dean’s Research Fellows, overseeing their research and writing projects. Martinez trains students who participate in the law school’s externship programs and coordinates workshops for students and alumni.

As Director, Martinez provides strategic vision for the library in order to maintain outstanding service to faculty and students at the law school.

Martinez served as Vice Provost for Academic Affairs for St. Mary’s University for the 2020-2021 academic year.  In this role he provided support, collaboration, and creative leadership to University Administration.

Martinez’s areas of interest include legal research & writing, the law library’s role in legal education, and information technology.

Publications

Articles in a Periodical

  • Mike Martinez, Jr., Reaching and Teaching Millennials: Designing the Future of Student Services, 18 LEGAL INFO. MGMT 219 (2018)(Co-authored).
  • Mike Martinez, Jr., Cost Effective Legal Research: Finding the Right Resources, At the Right Price, Right Now, Corporate Counsel Section of the State Bar Newsletter, Fall 2012 (Co-authored).
  • Mike Martinez, Jr. Cost Effective Legal Research, SAN ANTONIO LAWYER, November/December 2011 (Co-authored) (Awarded Best Feature Story by the State Bar of Texas).
  • Michael P. Forrest, Mike Martinez, Jr., & Paul S. Miller, Updated Lessons in Conducting Basic Legal Research by Pro Se Litigants Who Cannot Afford an Attorney, 11 SCHOLAR 1 (2008).
  • Michael P. Forrest & Mike Martinez, Jr., Too Broke to Hire an Attorney? How to Conduct Basic Legal Research in a Law Library, 9 SCHOLAR 67 (2006).

Presentations

  • Fear and Loathing in Teaching Legal Research. AALL, July 2020.
  • Instruction and Collaboration During COVID-19: Creating an Inclusive Environment. CALI, June 2020.
  • Walk the Talk: Everyday Diversity in the Workplace and AALL. AALL, July 2019.
  • The Un-Program. SWALL, April 2019.
  • Adding Diversity and Implicit Bias in Your Classroom and Your Law School, AALL Webinar, November 2019.
  • Reaching and Teaching Millennials: Designing the Future of Student Services. BIALL, June 2018.
  • Who Do You Think You Are? Swing It, Shake It, Move It, Make It: Keeping LIS Skills Relevant for the Future. BIALL, June 2018.
  • Cases or Spaces: What’s the 21st Century Law Library Look Like? SWALL, April 2018.
  • Cost Effective Legal Research 2014 Update. St. Mary’s University School of Law, March 2014.
  • Cost Effective Legal Research 2013 Update. St. Mary’s University School of Law, March 2013.
  • Cost Effective Legal Research 2012 Update. St. Mary’s University School of Law, March 2012.
  • A Practitioner’s Guide to Internet Legal Research: A Guide to Combing Free and Low Cost Online Legal Research Options for Maximum Savings and Effectiveness. State Bar of Texas Minority Attorney Program, San Antonio, April 2011.
  • Cost Effective Legal Research. St. Mary’s University School of Law, March 2011.
  • Legal Research and Ethical Implications. St. Mary’s University School of Law, March 2010.
  • Legal Research in a Web 2.0 World. St. Mary’s University School of Law, March 2009.
  • Legal Research and BLAWGS. St. Mary’s University School of Law, March 2008.
  • Internet Legal Research: Time Saving Techniques for Practice. St. Mary’s University School of Law, April 2007.
  • Internet Legal Research: Saving Money, Saving Time. St. Mary’s University School of Law, April 2006.