Judy Perry Martinez

American Bar Association; Simon, Peragine, Smith & Redfearn

Judy Perry Martinez is Of Counsel at Simon, Peragine, Smith & Redfearn. In February 2018, Judy was nominated to be president-elect of the American Bar Association for service as ABA president in 2019-2020. In 2011, Judy was appointed chair of the ABA Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary. 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. 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 is a fellow of the American Bar Foundation and the Louisiana Bar Foundation, and a member of the American Law Institute. She currently serves as a Distinguished Access to Justice Pro Bono Fellow for Southeast Louisiana Legal Services. 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. Judy received the Sam Dalton Capital Defense Advocacy Award from the Louisiana Association of Criminal Defense Counsel in 1997, the Michelle Pitard Wynne Professionalism Award from the Association of Women Attorneys in 1998, and the Alliance for Justice Award in 1999 from the National Gay and Lesbian Law Association. On two separate occasions, she has received the LSBA President’s Award and is the recipient of the 2012 Camille Gravel Public Service Award. In 2017, Judy was honored with the David A. Hamilton Lifetime Achievement Award by the Louisiana State Bar Association and the Presidents’ Award by the New Orleans Bar Association.

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