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Geovanny E Martinez

Senior Lecturing Fellow of Law
School of Law


Geovanny Martinez joined the Duke Law faculty in 2022. He previously served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Northern District of Indiana, prosecuting federal crimes, including organized crime drug enforcement, firearms related matters, tax fraud, wire fraud and postal service cases.  

Prior to his time as an AUSA, Martinez served as an Assistant City Attorney in South Bend, Indiana.  There he counseled and advised several city departments on matters such as contract negotiation and drafting, collective bargaining matters, police discipline, labor and employment concerns, civil litigation, and policy.  In particular, Martinez helped the City successfully negotiate a multi-year police union contract, establish a new employee police discipline matrix, and update the City on community policing efforts, such as use of force considerations. 

Martinez also served as a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney for Elkhart County, Indiana, where he helped found and establish the first ever Elkhart County Problem Solving Court (Drug Court) while also prosecuting felonies and misdemeanors, and as an Assistant State’s Attorney for Prince George’s County, Maryland, prosecuting felonies and misdemeanors. 

In the legal community, Martinez was instrumental in founding the Indiana Latino Bar Association, for which he served as the Founding President.  He also previously served as Vice President of External Affairs for the Hispanic National Bar Association Region IX and as Vice President of Internal Affairs for the Hispanic Bar Association for the District of Columbia. 

Martinez is a graduate of Georgetown University and Howard University School of Law, where he was a research assistant to Dean Kurt L. Schmoke. After law school, he was a law clerk to the Honorable Sheila R. Tillerson Adams in the Circuit Court for Prince George’s County, Maryland. 

Current Appointments & Affiliations

Senior Lecturing Fellow of Law · 2022 - Present School of Law
Executive Director for the Center of Law, Race and Policy · 2023 - Present School of Law

Education, Training & Certifications

Howard University · 2011 J.D.