Bio of Dawn V. Martin, Esquire

Dawn V. Martin has more than thirty years of legal experience, all in civil rights, public service,
teaching law and/or policy development.  Ms. Martin has developed national policy in the areas of
Equal Employment Opportunity (EEOC) Law and has published authoritative works on this subject.  

Ms. Martin has served as: a trial attorney with the United States
Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division (Honors Program);
a trial attorney with the New York State Office of the Attorney
General, Civil Rights Bureau; a trial attorney with the Legal Aid
Society of New York, Civil Division (Bronx Office); Assistant
General Counsel with the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department;
and a Senior Attorney-Advisor and Special Assistant to
Commissioner Tucker at the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity
Commission (EEOC) and served in a temporary appointment
with United States Department of Agriculture as Acting Deputy
General Counsel for Civil Rights.

Ms. Martin has also been a law professor, at both Howard University and Cleveland State University,
Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, teaching Equal Employment Law, Torts, Evidence and Race as a
Factor in American Law.  Ms. Martin set legal precedent in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C.
Circuit, with her own personal litigation against Howard University.  
See discussion of Martin v.
Howard University and Alice Gresham Bullock
, under SexandWorkplaceViolence
and MartinvHowardU.  See also Chief Judge Hogan's precedent-setting decision
Martin v. Howard University, 1999 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 19516,
81 FEP Cases 964 (BNA), 15 IER Cases 1587 (D.D.C. 1999).

Ms. Martin has special expertise in EEO and other matters related to police and
fire departments, as indicated by her article,
"911: How Will Police
and Fire Departments Respond to Public Safety Needs and the Americans with
Disabilities Act?" Ms. Martin dedicated her article, to the memory of her father,
Alfonzo Q. Martin, a former New York City police officer and firefighter.  Ms.
Martin has been employed by, or served as a consultant for, several police
departments and/or law enforcement agencies.

Education.  Ms. Martin graduated from Barnard College, Columbia University (1978)
and New York University School of Law (1981).

Philosophy of Law Practice.  
There had to be a Plessy v. Fergurson before there could be a Brown v. The Board of Education.  
Somebody had to file and lose
General Electric v. Gilbert for Congress to amend Title VII to include
The Pregnancy Discrimination Act. Americans working abroad for American companies had to lose
Aramco v. Boursalan for Congress to pass The 1991 Civil Rights Act to assert Title VII jurisdiction
over them. There had to be a
Ledbetter v. Goodyear for Congress to propose the Lilly Ledbetter Act.

Ms. Martin said:

"Although we always want to win our cases, the act of standing up for what is
right and for bringing attention to an important issue is necessary for change. I often
have to remind myself that Jesus did not win in the courts -- but he won in the  
press!  Sometimes you just have to stand up -- win or lose -- you stand up. It is the
act itself that makes you a winner -- in the true sense of the word.  If no one stands
up against wrongdoing by powerful institutions, there will never be real change."

For a lighter and more personal side of Ms. Martin's concept of her legal career, see
Maryland Daily
article on New Year's Resolutions of local attorneys, at

Bar Membership.  Ms. Martin is a member of the Bar in the following jurisdictions:

United States Supreme Court
United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit                      
United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
Bar of the District of Columbia                        
United States District Court for the District of Columbia                
United States District Court for the District of Maryland
Bar of the State of New York

Ms. Martin has also practiced in federal and local jurisdictions in Virginia, partnered with Virginia

Ms. Martin is featured in Sky Radio's "
Salute to Women in Leadership,"
as acknowledged in    Her interview can be heard on American Airlines
from December 16, 2008 through January 31, 2009, or at Sky Radio's
website,  See also Time Magazine,
Global Edition, December 15, 2008.  

Ms. Martin is also recognized as one of "
America's Premier  Lawyers" on ABC News Radio's, "The
Law Business Insider."Hear Radio Interview at

Family.  Throughout most of her career, Ms. Martin was a single mother, raising a daughter, Danielle
Evans.  Prof. Evans is now an nationally recognized, award winning author.  She recently accepted a
position at the University of Wisconsin, leaving American University, in Washington, D.C., where she
taught fiction writing.  Wikipedia lists her as an "American writer."
(See and

Prof. Evans is a 2004 graduate of Columbia College, Columbia University.  She received her Masters in
Fine Arts (MFA) from the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop in 2006.  From August
2006 through May 2007, Prof. Evans was a Teaching Fellow at the University of Wisconsin, where
she taught creative writing and from 2008 through May of 2009, she was a Visiting Assistant
Professor at the University of Missouri.

Prof. Evans uses activism and her writing talent to foster racial equality and understanding, as
exhibited by her column,
Re-Eduction, which ran bi-weekly in the Columbia University Newspaper,
The Spectator while she was a college student.  
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Prof. Evans' short story collection, "Before You Suffocate Your own
Fool Self,"
has won numerous national awards and has been in all
major bookstores in September of 2010.  See e.g.,
dyn/content/article/2010/10/06/AR2010100606851.html; http://www.; http://www.pgcmls.
See reviews at!
ref=mf. See also  Two
of the stories in the collection, "
Virgins" and “Someone Ought to Tell
her There’s No Place to Go
” were included in "Best American Short
," 2008 and 2010, respectively.  The Summer 2010 issue of Ms.
Magazine contains a condensed version of one of the stories in the
collection, "Snakes," about an inter-racial girl's life-changing summer
with her White grandmother and White cousin that the grandmother
favored.  See cover at
com/summer2010/index.asp.  Prof. Evans' stories have also appeared
The Paris Review, A Public Space, Callaloo, Phoebe (George
Mason University's Literary Magazine)
, "Purple" in L Magazine.