Office 9378 Olive Blvd., #206
St. Louis, Missouri 63132
I graduated cum laude from St. Louis University Law School (1974), and from Swarthmore College with Honors (B.A., Economics, 1970).
I am a member of:
- Estate and Probate Committee of the Missouri Bar
- Public Policy Committee, Alzheimer's Association (St. Louis)
- ACLU-Missouri Legal Committee
- ACLU of Missouri
- National Center for Lesbian Rights
- Ethics in Action Award (St. Louis Ethical Society - October, 2015)
- Arabella Carter Award (Swarthmore College, June, 2015).
- Dennis W. Hostetler SAGE Advocates of the Year (with my spouse, Zuleyma Tang-Martinez) (SAGE-St. Louis, 2014)
- Diverse Business Leader (St. Louis Business Journal, 2012)
- Civil Liberties Award (ACLU-Eastern Missouri, 2010)
- Social Justice Hero (Metro Theater Company, 2009)
- Extraordinary Volunteer Service (ACLU-Eastern Missouri, 2008)
- Clarence Darrow Public Interest Advocate (Public Interest Law Group at St. Louis University Law School, 1998)
- Humanitarian Award (Union-Sarah Community Corporation, 1980)
- Reginald Heber Smith Community Lawyer Fellowship, 1974-1977
- Phi Beta Kappa (Swarthmore College, 1970)
I am the author of The Urban Housing Crisis: Social, Economic, and Legal Issues and Proposals (Greenwood Press, 1990), which was written after I worked in the Housing Unit of Legal Services of Eastern Missouri. The Urban Housing Crisis focuses on four aspects of urban housing: Financing and Affordability; Production, Preservation, and Allocation; Discrimination; and Displacement; and proposes a housing plan.
I have written over 90 published commentaries on civil rights, civil liberties, and social and economic justice.
I was one of the leaders and organizers of the Privacy Rights Education Project (PREP, later called PROMO), which was founded after the 1986 Supreme Court Hardwick v Bowers decision that upheld state laws that made sexual relations between consenting same-sex adults, even in the privacy of their own home, a crime. (The Hardwick decision was overturned by the Supreme Court in the 2003 Lawrence v Texas decision.) I was a member of PREP/PROMO's legislative committee from 1987 to 2005, and as a member of that committee, I helped to draft and testify in support of numerous bills involving privacy rights, lesbian and gay rights, reproductive rights, and hate crimes.
After college, I lived in a rural area in Kenya for a year on my sister-in-law's 4-acre shamba (farm) and taught at the Mua Hills Harambee Secondary School. I also have visited Venezuela (my spouse's home country) over 15 times, as well as Israel, Mexico, Canada, Japan, and Poland.
For relaxation, I enjoy gardening, music, theater, movies, birding, hiking, mountains, Tai Chi, and being with my spouse, Zuleyma Tang-Martinez, and our dogs, Allie and Rufous.
J.D., St. Louis University, 1974
Graduated cum laude, Order of the Woolsack
B.A.. , Swarthmore College, 1970
Graduated with Honors, Phi Beta Kappa, Major: Economics; Minor: Russian
Jurisdictions Admitted to PracticeMissouri, 1974
Professional & Bar Association Memberships
Membership No. 25900 Member Since: 1974
Estate and Probate Committee
American Civil Liberties Union
Membership No. 52885829 Member Since: 1988
Cooperating Attorney since 1983 ACLU of Missouri Legal Committee since 2004 (formerly ACLU-Eastern Missouri)