VIRGINIA BEACH — Regent University named North Carolina Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Martin as its new School of Law dean effective March 1.
Martin served for more than 26 years as a North Carolina judge, and more than 20 years on the N.C. Supreme Court.
“It has been the highest of honors to serve the people of North Carolina as their Chief Justice,” Martin said in a prepared statement. “I will forever cherish the memories of serving with so many amazing and capable people. It is now time to direct my focus to helping prepare the next generation of leaders.”
In 1992, at age 29, Martin became the youngest superior court judge in the modern era; in 1994, at 31, Martin became the youngest judge in the history of the N.C. Court of Appeals, according a news release from Regent.
In 1998, as a 35-year-old, Martin was elected as the youngest justice in the history of the North Carolina Supreme Court. He has served as chief justice since Sept. 1, 2014.
“Chief Justice Mark Martin is a distinguished leader who has served North Carolina for more than two decades,” said Pat Robertson, CEO and chancellor of Regent. “We are delighted to welcome this public servant whose vast experience and Constitutional advocacy will infuse a standard of excellence by every measure into our law program. Chief Justice Martin has set records throughout his career and he represents the intellect, skill, integrity and vision that we want our students and graduates to emulate.”
Founded in 1978, Regent University has 11,000 students studying on its 70-acre Virginia Beach campus and online around the world.
The Regent School of Law opened in 1986 and is accredited by the American Bar Association. The law school has more than 3,300 graduates who have practiced law in 49 states and over 20 countries, according to Regent’s website.