Get to Know a Professor: Martin Flaherty, Fordham Law School

Law Preview retains a roster of law professors that any school would envy.  Not only are they accomplished scholars, but they represent 24 Teacher of the Year Award Winners, five former clerks to justices on the Supreme Court and two federal prosecutors.  But don’t be intimidated by their credentials — above all they are fun, engaging and warm people who simply love to teach.  To show you their human side, we asked our professors to share their thoughts on a range of subjects — from the #metoo movement to Hamilton to their favorite Stranger Things character.  Their responses might make you look at law professors a bit differently.

So, let’s get to know:  Martin Flaherty, Leitner Family Professor, Co-Director, Leitner Center for International Law and Justice, at Fordham Law School.

Get to Know Martin Flaherty

Martin S. Flaherty is Leitner Family Professor of Law and Founding Co-Director of the Leitner Center for International Law and Justice at Fordham Law School. He is also a Visiting Professor at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, where he was Fellow in the Program in Law and Public Affairs and a Visiting Professor at the New School in New York. Professor Flaherty has taught at China University of Political Science and Law and the National Judges College in Beijing, and co-founded the Rule of Law in Asia Program at the Leitner Center as well as the Committee to Support Chinese Lawyers, an independent NGO on which he serves as Vice Char: He has also taught at Sungkyunkwan University in Seoul, Queen’s University Belfast, Columbia Law School, Cardozo School of Law, St. John’s University School of Law, and the New School. Previously Professor Flaherty served as a law clerk for Justice Byron R. White of the U.S. Supreme Court and Chief Judge John Gibbons of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

Flaherty received a BA summa cum laude from Princeton, an MA and MPhil from Yale (in history) and a JD from Columbia Law School, where he was Book Reviews and Articles Editor of the Columbia Law Review. For the Leitner Center, Human Rights First, and the New York City Bar Association, he has led or participated in human rights missions to Northern Ireland, Turkey, Hong Kong, Mexico, Malaysia, Kenya, Romania and China. He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He is currently the Chair of the Council on International Affairs of the New York City Bar Association, where he was formerly Chair of the Committee on International Human Rights, and is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

What is your FAVORITE thing about being a law professor?

Testing students in class on pop culture.

Do you have a favorite fiction/non-fiction book that touches on the subject-matter you teach for Law Preview?

For Civil Procedure – A Civil Action by Jonathan Harr; for Constitutional Law – The Federalist Papers.

List one show you “binge-watched” in 2017 and what was it about the show that captivated your attention?

Game Of Thrones – a high school alum plays Tyrion.

Name one song you listened to “on repeat” in 2017 and provide some insights about why couldn’t you get enough of it?

Be Humble – Kendrick Lamar, good advice for lawyers.

What is your social media “guilty pleasure” — who/what do you follow on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook that you find fascinating, and why?

I’m old school – WFAN sports radio.

Favorite SNL Presidential Impersonation?

Will Ferrell as George W. Bush.

Settle the debate, who was the BEST Rap/Hip Hop artist in 2017?

Kendrick Lamar.

Which Stranger Things character do you most identify with now or, better yet, in 1983?

Jonathan Byers.