Full-Time Faculty

Martin H. Pritikin

Associate Dean of the Law School
Professor of Law

  • B.A., University of Southern California
  • J.D., Harvard Law School

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Tel. 714.444.4141 ext. 112
Fax. 714.444.1854
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.



  • Co-author, Petition for Writ of Certiorari, O’Maley v. State of New Hampshire, United States Supreme Court docket No. 07-7577 (filed Nov. 7, 2007) (seeking resolution of state and federal circuit split about whether hearsay statements regarding collection and testing of forensic evidence made in anticipation of prosecution are “testimonial” and therefore subject to the Confrontation Clause demands enunciated in Crawford v. Washington, 541 U.S. 36 (2004)).
  • The Collection Gap: Underenforcement of Corporate and White Collar Fines and Penalties, Co-Panelist, Athens Institute for Education and Research Law Conference, Athens, Greece, July 2011
  • American and Jewish Perspective on the Death Penalty, Co-Panelist with Dean Kenneth Starr and Prof. Laurie Levinson, 8th National Convention of the Jewish Law Students Association, Pepperdine Law School, 2010
  • Recession Torts, Whittier Law School Orange County Alumni Association, Costa Mesa, CA, 2010
  • Retribution in Jewish Law, Jewish Graduate Student Initiative, Jerusalem, Israel, 2009
  • Unjust Enrichment in Jewish Law, Jewish Graduate Student Initiative, Jerusalem, Israel, 2009
  • Eye for an Eye, Life for a Life: The Death Penalty and the Bible, Center for International and Comparative Law Colloquium, Whittier Law School 2008.
  • Benefits, Burdens, and Squatters: The Basis for Civil Liability in Jewish Law, Conference of Religiously Affiliated Law Schools, Baylor Law School, 2006