Associate Dean of the Law School
Professor of Law
Tel. 714.444.4141 ext. 112
Building One, Room 112
Dean Martin Pritikin has committed his academic and professional career to integrating theory with practice. His involvement in oral advocacy began in law school, where he was the regional champion in the ATLA Student Trial Advocacy Competition and a semi-finalist in Harvard’s prestigious Ames Moot Court Competition. Upon graduating, he spent several years at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart Oliver & Hedges LLP (now Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP), during which time he not only participated in two federal trials, but also served as an adjunct coach for the highly successful Byrne Trial Advocacy Program at Loyola Law School.
Upon joining the Whittier Law faculty in 2004, Dean Pritikin immediately became the faculty advisor for the Trial Advocacy Honors Board (TAHB). In 2008, Dean Pritikin helped form, and became the Director of, the Institute of Trial and Appellate Practice. As Director, Dean Pritikin developed both a Concentration and a Certificate in Trial and Appellate Advocacy, brought experienced practitioners in to coach the school’s competitive advocacy teams (the TAHB, the Moot Court Honors Board and the Alternative Dispute Resolution organization), and brought lawyers, jury consultants, and other experts to campus to speak to students about what litigation practice is really like. In addition to teaching litigation-related courses such as Competitive Trial Advocacy and his Advanced Litigation Seminar, Dean Pritikin teaches doctrinal courses such as Evidence, Criminal Law, and even Wills and Trusts. He won the law school’s Teacher of the Year award two years in a row.
In 2012, Dean Pritikin was appointed Associate Dean for Experiential Learning. In that capacity, he helped spearhead the faculty’s adoption in 2013 of their dramatic new curriculum, “Experience the Law,” which was named 6th Most Innovative in the nation by National Jurist. In Spring 2014, he served as Acting Dean of the Law School.
Dean Pritikin’s scholarship focuses primarily on criminal law, with an emphasis on incarceration and alternatives to prisons as criminal punishments. His articles have appeared in the Harvard Law Review, the Yale Law and Policy Review, the Colorado Law Review, the Wisconsin Law Review, and the Cardozo Law Journal, among others. Recently, Dean Pritikin has written articles about ways to reform legal education to better integrate practical training into the classroom. For example, in order to better understand the inner working of the criminal justice system and to get criminal trial experience to complement his civil litigation background, he spent part of his sabbatical volunteering as a deputy district attorney with the Orange County District Attorney’s Office. His article based on his time there, “The Experiential Sabbatical,” is forthcoming in the Journal of Legal Education.