Martin J. Jenkins (born 1954) is a justice of the California Court of Appeal for the First District, located in San Francisco, and a former federal judge in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California.

Early lifeEdit

Jenkins was born in San Francisco and raised in the neighborhood of Ingleside.[1] He earned an Associate of Arts degree from City College of San Francisco, then graduated from Santa Clara University with a Bachelor of Arts degree.[2] After college, Jenkins briefly played professional football for the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League.[1] Jenkins then attended the University of San Francisco School of Law, where he earned his Juris Doctor with honors.[1]

Jenkins worked as a prosecutor in Alameda County, California from 1981 to 1983,[2][3] and for the United States Department of Justice in the Civil Rights Division from 1983 to 1985.[2][3] In 1985, Jenkins moved back to the Bay Area when his mother became ill,[1][3] then served as in-house counsel for Pacific Bell for four years.[3]

Judicial serviceEdit

A Democrat,[2][4] Jenkins was appointed to the Alameda County Municipal Court by Republican Governor George Deukmejian in 1989.[1] In 1992, Republican Governor Pete Wilson appointed him to the Alameda County Superior Court.[1]

President Bill Clinton, a Democrat, appointed Jenkins to the United States District Court for the Northern District of California in 1997.[3]

In August 2007, Jenkins asked Republican Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to consider him for a seat on the California Court of Appeal.[5] On January 25, 2008, Schwarzenegger nominated Jenkins to fill the vacancy on the First District Court of Appeal created by the retirement of Justice Joanne C. Parrilli.[2][5] Jenkins was confirmed on April 4, 2008.[3]

Jenkins's contribution to American law includes the well-known principle of Jenkins-Laporte Doctrine, which defines the boundary of copyright and contractual right.


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