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Judy Perry Martinez

Southeast Louisiana Legal Services
Distinguished Fellow
New Orleans, LA
Judy Perry Martinez is a Distinguished Fellow at Southeast Lousiaia Legal Services. She is Of Counsel at Simon, Peragine, Smith & Redfearn and previously was with the firm from 1982 to 2003 as a partner, member of the governing committee, and commercial litigator.

Judy joined Northrop Grumman in 2003, where she would go on to serve as assistant general counsel for litigation managing litigation for the western half of the country before becoming Vice President and Chief Compliance Officer in 2011. Judy also was named to the company's Diversity and Inclusion Leadership Council.

Judy retired from Northrop Grumman in 2015 to become a Fellow at the Advanced Leadership Initiative at Harvard, where she spent a year in residence. Following her time at Harvard, she returned to New Orleans to pursue a career in public service and now rejoined SPS&R where she will continue that work.

In 2011, Judy was appointed chair of the ABA Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary which evaluates all perspective nominees to the federal bench. Earlier, Judy served as the ABA lead representative to the United Nations, and as a member of the ABA Board of Governors and its executive committee. Later, she served as the chair of the ABA Presidential Commission on the Future of Legal Services and, most recently, as a member of the ABA Task Force on building public trust in the American justice system. She currently is special advisor to the ABA Center for Innovation. Judy also serves as a member of the board of directors of the American Bar Foundation and the LSC Leader’s Council. She is a fellow of the American Bar Foundation and the Louisiana Bar Foundation, and a member of the American Law Institute.

She also has chaired the New Orleans Bar Association Young Lawyers Section, the Louisiana State Bar Association Committee on Minority Involvement in its inaugural year, 1989, the LSBA Professionalism and Quality of Life Committee, and the LSBA Post-Conviction Death Penalty Representation Committee.

She has been a member of the ABA House of Delegates since 1991 and has served as a member of the ABA Task Force on Attorney Client Privilege, the Council of the ABA Center on Diversity, and the ABA's World Justice Project Committee. She currently serves as vice-President of the World Justice Project.

She served as chair of the 170,000 member ABA Young Lawyers Division, a member of the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession, and chair of the ABA Commission on Domestic Violence.