Martin Guggenheim

One of the nation’s foremost experts on children’s rights and family law, Martin Guggenheim has been Of Counsel to the firm since 2001 and is the Boxer Family Professor of Clinical Law at NYU School of Law, where he has taught since 1973. Martin served as Director of Clinical and Advocacy Programs from 1988 to 2002 and also was the Executive Director of Washington Square Legal Services, Inc. from 1987 to 2000. He has also served as many years as a special consultant to the American Academy for Matrimonial Lawyers and was the Reporter for its Standards for Representing Children in Custody and Visitation Proceedings and its Model Third-Party (Non-Parental) Contact Statute.

Martin has been an active litigator in the area of children and the law and has argued leading cases on juvenile delinquency and termination of parental rights in the Supreme Court of the United States. Martin is a member of the Bar in the State of New York, the United States District Court for the Eastern and Southern Districts, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second, Third and Sixth Circuits and the Supreme Court of the United States.

Martin is also a well-known scholar, having authored five books and more than 40 book chapters and articles in leading law reviews in the United States, including Columbia, Harvard, Michigan and NYU Law Reviews. His research has focused on adolescent abortion, First Amendment rights in schools, the role of counsel for children in court proceedings, empirical research in child welfare practice, juvenile justice and family law. He is the author of five books on children and parents. His most recent book, What’s Wrong with Children’s Rights, was published by Harvard University Press in 2005.

Martin is a 1971 graduate of NYU School of Law where he was an Arthur Garfield Hays Civil Liberties Scholar. After law school, Martin worked at the Juvenile Rights Division of New York City’s Legal Aid Society as a staff attorney and in its special litigation unit. He also was a staff attorney for four years in the Juvenile Rights Project of the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation.

Martin became a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation in 2007. His other awards include the Livingston Hall Award, American Bar Association, 2006; Distinguished Visiting Scholar, University of Loyola School of Law, Chicago, 2004; Chief of United States Delegation to XII International Congress on Family Law, Havana, Cuba, 2002; and the Kathryn A. McDonald Award, Association of the Bar of the City of New York, 2000.

Other Professional Associations and Honors

Recipient: Legal Teaching Award, New York University School of Law, 1996
Kathryn A. McDonald Award, Association of the Bar of the City of New York, 2000
Member: New York University Human Subjects Committee
Board of Advisors, Administration for Children’s Services, New York City
Board of Advisors, Child Welfare Watch
Children’s Program Advisory Committee, The Edna McConnell Clark Foundation
President, National Coalition for Child Protection Reform
Consultant, Clinical Law Review


Author, “What’s Wrong with Children’s Rights,” 2005; “The Rights of Families,” 1996; “Trial Manual for Defense Attorneys in Juvenile Court,” 1991; “The Rights of Young People,” 1985; “The Rights of Parents,” 1980.

American Bar Association (Member: Criminal Justice Section; Juvenile Justice Subcommittee)

New York University School of Law, J.D., 1971
State University of New York at Buffalo, B.A., 1968

1972, New York
1972, U.S. District Court, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York
1973, U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
1974, U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
1977, U.S. Supreme Court
1979, U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit

American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (Consultant, Special Concerns of Children Committee)

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