Meet the Faculty

Full-Time Faculty

Martin H. Pritikin

Acting Dean
Professor of Law
Director, Institute for Trial and Appellate Practice
Associate Dean for Experiential Learning

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

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Tel. 714.444.4141 ext. 239
Fax. 714.444.1854
Building Two, Room 239

Professor Pritikin’s 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 a national commercial litigation firm, 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, Professor Pritikin immediately became the faculty advisor for the Trial Advocacy Honors Board (TAHB).

In 2008, Professor Pritikin helped form, and became the Director of the Institute of Trial and Appellate Practice. As Director, Professor Pritikin has developed a Concentration in Trial and Appellate Advocacy, brought experienced practitioners in to coach the school’s competitive advocacy teams (the TAHB and the Moot Court Honors Board), and brought lawyers, jury consultants, and other experts to campus to speak to students about what litigating is really like. In addition to teaching litigation-related courses such as Competitive Trial Advocacy and his Advanced Litigation Seminar, Professor Pritikin teaches doctrinal courses such as Evidence, Criminal Law, and even Wills and Trusts.

Professor Pritikin’s scholarship focuses primarily on the dual areas of criminal law and Jewish law, with an emphasis on incarceration and alternatives to prisons as criminal punishments. He travels frequently to Israel to study and lecture on topics of Jewish law. His articles have appeared in the Harvard Law Review, the Colorado Law Review, the Wisconsin Law Review, and the Cardozo Law Journal, among others. Professor Pritikin’s most recent article, “The Collection Gap: Underenforcement of Corporate and White Collar Fines and Penalties,” was published in the Yale Law and Policy Review. He currently publishes a blog called The Collection Gap.


  • The Collection Gap: Underenforcement of Corporate and White Collar Fines and Penalties, 29 Yale L. 7 Pol’y Rev. 453 (2011).
  • Fine-Labor: The Symbiosis Between Monetary and Work Sanctions, 81 Colo. L. Rev. 343 (2010).
  • Is Prison Increasing Crime?, 2008 Wisc. L. Rev. 1049
  • The Value of Talmud Study to Modern Legal Education: A Case Study in Unjust Enrichment, 21 Temple Int’l & Comparative L. J. 351 (2008).
  • Punishment, Prisons and the Bible: Does “Old Testament Justice” Justify Our Retributive Culture? , 28 Cardozo. L. J 715 (2006).
  • Toward Coherence in Civil Conspiracy Law: A Proposal to Abolish the Agent’s Immunity Rule, 84 Neb. L. Rev. 1 (2005).
  • Recent Case Comment, Fourth Circuit Holds That Post-IRCA, Undocumented Aliens Cannot Establish Prima Facie Case of Retaliatory Refusal to Hire Under Title VII— Egbuna v. Time-Life Libraries, Inc., 112 Harv. L. Rev. 1124 (1999). (unattributed)


  • 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