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John H. Martin

Professor of Law Emeritus
Tilton Hall #183
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Prior to joining the Ohio Northern faculty in January 2006, John Martin was a partner with Warner, Norcross & Judd LLP in Muskegon and Grand Rapids, Mich. He remains Of Counsel to the firm. He has previously taught at the University of North Carolina School of Law, Chapel Hill, where he received the McCall Award for Excellence in Teaching. Martin has also served as visiting professor of law at the University of Texas, the University of Michigan, and the University of Virginia. Martin received the 2007 and 2012 Excellence in Teaching Awards at ONU and the 2007 Daniel S. Guy Award for Excellence in Legal Journalism, presented by the ONU Law Review.

Martin was recognized with the Fowler V. Harper Faculty Scholarship Award in 2010 and 2013. A faculty committee selected him based on contribution to legal scholarship during the year. 

J.D., University of Michigan
A.B., Economics, University of Michigan
University College, London and London School of Economics
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Florida (Inactive)
North Carolina (Inactive)

Teaching Interests: 

Estate Planning
Estates, Wills and Trusts
Nonprofit Organizations
Taxation of Estates, Gifts and Trusts

Faculty Activities

"A Primer on the Deduction, Valuation and Substantiation of Charitable Contributions," 5 Est. Plan. & Comm. Prop. L.J. (2013)

"Non-Judicial Estate Settlement," 45 Univ. of Mich. J. L. Ref. 965 (2012) 

"Improving Michigan Estate Settlement," 29 Thos. M. cooley L. Rev. 1 (2012)

"The Dynasty Trust in Ohio: A Short, Rigid, or Uncertain Reign," 43 U. Toledo L. Rev. 53 (2011)

"Reconfiguring Estate Settlement", 94 Minn. L. Rev. 42 (2009)

"New Estate Planning Techniques," 18 Prob. L.J. Ohio 108 (2007)

“The Joint Trust: Estate Planning in a New Environment,” 39 Real Prop. & Tr. J. 275 (2004)

Reporter’s Commentary to Michigan Estates and Protected Individuals Code, The Institute for Continuing Legal Education, 2000; rev. eds. 2001-2011

“Preserving the Family Vacation Home for Future Generations” 21 Mich. Prob. & Est. Plan. J. 8 (2002)

“Principles of Probate Reform in Michigan” 12 Prob. L.J. Ohio 87 (2002)

“A Preface to the Prudent Investor Rule” 132 Trusts & Estates 42 (1993)

“A Preface to the Prudent Investor Rule” 12 Mich. Prob. & Est. Plan. J. 11 (1993)

Estate Planning Forms, Michigan National Bank, 1991

“Estate Planning for the Client or Beneficiary with Significant Liability Exposure” 10 Mich. Prob. & Est. Plan. J. 3 (1990)

“The New Significance of Express Fiduciary Deductions,” 6 Notre Dame Estate Planning Institute 767 (1981)

“Justice and Efficiency Under a Model of Estate Settlement,” 66 Va. L. Rev., (1980)

“Perspectives on Federal Disclaimer Legislation,” 46 U. Chi. L. Rev. 316, (1976)

“Professional Responsibility and Probate Practices,” 1975 Wis. L. Rev. 911

“Self Employed Retirement Plan: A Useful Tax Planning Tool for the Professional” 8 Taxation for Accountants 220 (April 1972)