Mark Martin is Dean and Professor of Law at Regent Law School. Martin served as Chief Justice of the NC Supreme Court from 2014 - 2019.
During his tenure as a state court judge, Martin presided over election law cases in a number of areas including election regulation, election disputes, and legislative redistricting. Martin was appointed twice to judicial office by two different governors. But, because North Carolina voters select their judges in elections, Martin was a statewide candidate for judicial office on four occasions—1994, 1998, 2006, and 2014. Martin served as chair of the ABA Judicial Division and has assisted the ABA and other stakeholder organizations in the development and application of judicial ethics rules to state judicial elections.
Martin has been a speaker at numerous conferences, including programs sponsored by the Federal Judicial Center, the National Center for State Courts, and other bench and bar organizations. In recognition of his extraordinary record of service to our courts, Martin has been inducted into the prestigious Warren E. Burger Society of the National Center for State Courts. Martin is a recipient of the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, the highest civilian award in North Carolina. Martin is also the recipient of the ABA Robert B. Yegge Award, the NC Bar Association Liberty Bell Award, and the Elon Law School Leadership in the Law Award.
Martin has taught law courses at Duke, NC Central, Regent, and UNC law schools.