Martin H. Belsky

Martin H. Belsky

Title: Randolph Baxter Professor of Law
Office: Room 217B
Phone: 330-972-6361
Fax: 330-972-7337
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Martin H. Belsky began his career in 1969 as a prosecutor, and then chief prosecutor in Philadelphia. Beginning in 1975, he served both as counsel to the Judiciary Committee of the House of Representatives and as chief counsel to the Special House Committee on the Outer Continental Shelf (offshore drilling). From 1979 to 1982, he served first as deputy general counsel and then assistant administrator of the Federal National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Dean Belsky began his academic career in 1982 as Associate Professor of Law and director of the multi-disciplinary Center for Governmental Responsibility at the University of Florida. From 1986 to 1995, he served as Dean and President and Professor at Albany Law School. From 1995 to 2007, he served as Dean and Professor at the University of Tulsa College of Law. Dean Belsky joined The University of Akron School of Law in January 2008 as Dean and Randolph Baxter Professor of Law. In 2012, he returned to the faculty full time as Randolph Baxter Professor of Law.

Active in the community, Professor Belsky is chair of the Ohio-Pennsylvania-Kentucky Anti-Defamation League; Chair of the Akron Community Relations Council; Board Member of the Jewish Community Board of Akron, of the Akron Bar Foundation; Vice-chair of Ohio Jewish Communities; Board of T.K. Wolf (a Native American Corporation); Chair of the National Advisory Council and Executive Committee member of the American Judicature Society; former vice-chair of the (National) Jewish Council on Public Affairs. While in Tulsa, he also served as president of the Tulsa Metropolitan Ministry, an interfaith understanding dialogue and advocacy agency; vice president and public policy chair of the Oklahoma Council for Community and Justice, He has served as vice president of the Urban League in Albany and Tulsa; officer of the Gainesville (President), Albany (President-elect) and Tulsa (President) Jewish Federations; and the Anti-Defamation League (New York State and Oklahoma chair).

In addition, he has served as board member and committee chair of many government advisory councils and civic and charitable organizations, including bar associations in Philadelphia, New York and Oklahoma; New York Judicial Commission (referee); Oklahoma Ethics Commission; Oklahoma Humanities Council; the American Law Institute; the Appleseed Foundation; Oklahoma Academy; the Child Abuse Network; Heritage Academy; the Sherwin Miller Museum; and Tulsa Jewish Retirement and Health Care Center.

He has chaired and served on many commissions, including ones on energy, privacy, legal services, ethics, ethnic and religious understanding, higher education, gerontology and aging, disabilities, fire services, criminal justice, and science and the law.

Professor Belsky has been a consultant to various law firms, state and federal government entities, and private corporations. He has also frequently served as an arbitrator and hearing officer.

A noted speaker and scholar, Professor Belsky has helped organize, as well as participate in, numerous conferences on criminal and civil justice; the administration of justice; judicial independence; ethics; international law, the United States Supreme Court; environmental law; and religious understanding. His most recent articles have focused on the Supreme Court and on law and religion; his most recent books are on The Rehnquist Court (Editor) (Oxford University Press 2002) and Law and Theology (co-author) (Carolina Academic Press 2005). He has written numerous articles and books on the administration of justice, civil rights, constitutional law, privacy, criminal law, international law, environmental law, oceans and coastal law, and professional responsibility.

Professor Belsky is a graduate of Temple University, College of Liberal Arts with a B.A., cum laude (1965); Columbia University School of Law with a J.D., cum laude (1968). He also has graduate diplomas from the Hague Academy of International Law and Cambridge University.

Professor Belsky is married to Professor Kathleen Waits, a retired Professor at the University of Tulsa College of Law. They have two children, Allen Frederick Belsky and Marcia Elizabeth Belsky.


  • Religion in the Public Sector  in Justice and Legal Change on the Shores of Lake Erie: A History of the Northern District of Ohio 165 (Paul Finkelman & Roberta Sue Alexander, eds. 2012)
  • Electing our Judges and Judicial Independence: the Supreme Court's "Triple Whammy," 2 Akron J. C. L. & P. 147 (2011)
  • Alan Dershowitz: The Advocate and Scholar as Jew; the Jew as Advocate and Scholar,  71 Alb. L. Rev. 927 (2008)
  • The Religion Clauses and the ''Really New'' Federalism, 42 Tulsa L. Rev. 537 (2007)
  • Preparing New Students for Legal Practice in a ''Flat World,'' 24 Penn State Int'l L. Rev. 787 (2006)
  • A Practical and Pragmatic Approach to Freedom of Conscience, 76 U. Colo. L. Rev. 1057 (2005)
  • Law and Theology (Carolina Academic Press 2005) (with Joseph Bessler-Northcutt)
  • Locke v. Davey: States' Rights Meets the New Establishment Clause, 40 Tulsa L. Rev. 279 (2004)
  • Accentuate the Positive, Eliminate the Negative, Latch on to the Affirmative [Action], Do Mess with Mr. In-Between, 39 Tulsa L. Rev. 27 (2003)
  • Law Schools as Legal Education Centers, 34 Univ. Toledo L. Rev. 1 (2002)
  • Random vs. Suspicion-Based Drug Testing in the Public Schools ? A Surprising Civil Liberties Dilemma, 27 Okla. City U. L. Rev. 1 (2002)
  • The Rehnquist Court: A Review at the End of the Millennium, in The Rehnquist Court: Farewell to the Old Order in the Court (M. Belsky ed., Oxford University Press 2002)
  • The Rehnquist Court: Farewell to the Old Order in the Court (M. Belsky ed., Oxford University Press 2002)
  • Bush vs. Gore, A Critique of Critiques, 37 Tulsa L. Rev. 45 (2001)
  • Privacy: The Rehnquist Court's Unmentionable Right, 36 Tulsa L.J. 43 (2000)
  • Investigating The President: The Supreme Court and the Impeachment Process, 34 Tulsa L. J. 289 (1999)
  • The Burger Court and Criminal Justice: A Counter-Revolution in Expectations, in The Burger Court: Counter-Revolution or Confirmation 131 (B. Schwartz ed. 1998)
  • Anti-disestablishmentarianism - The Religion Clauses at the End of the Millennium, 33 Tulsa L. J. 93 (1997)
  • Indian Fishing Rights: A Lost Opportunity for Ecosystem Management, 12 FSU J. Land Use & Envtl L. 45 (1996)
  • Promoting the Health of the Ecosystem, 3 Tulsa J. Comp. & Intl. L. 183 (1996)
  • The 1994 Term of the Supreme Court and Freedom of Speech, 31 Tulsa L. J. 483 (1996)
  • Using Legal Principles to Promote the Health of the Ecosystem, in Proceedings, Symposium: The Gulf of Mexico: A Large Marine Ecosystem (D. Rapport ed., 1996)
  • Living with Miranda: A Reply to Professor Grano, 43 Drake L. Rev. 127 (1994)
  • The Public Trust Doctrine and Takings: A Post-Lucas View, 3 Alb. L.J. Sci. & Tech. 17 (1994)
  • Legal Regimes for Management of LME's and their Component Resources, in Large Marine Ecosystems: Stress, Mitigation and Sustainability 227 (K. Sherman, et. al., eds. 1993)
  • Cases and Materials, Ocean and Coastal Law and Policy (1993)
  • Environment,  in Oxford Companion to the Supreme Court of the United States 255 (1992)(K. Hall, ed.)
  • Reflections on Miranda - Comments, in Proceedings, Conference on Liberty and Security: A Contemporary Perspective on the Criminal Justice Revolution of the 1960's (1992)
  • Tidelands Oil Controversy, in Oxford Companion to the Supreme Court of the United States 873 (1992)(K. Hall, ed.)
  • Interrelationships of Law, in The Management of Large Marine Ecosystems, in Large Marine Ecosystems: Patterns, Processes, and Yields 224 (K. Sherman, L. Alexander, & B. Gold eds. 1990)
  • Developing an Ecosystem Management Regime for Large Marine Ecosystems,  in Biomass Yields and Geography of Large Marine Ecosystems 443 (K. Sherman and L. Alexander eds. 1989)
  • Marine Ecosystem Model: The Law of the Sea's Mandate for Comprehensive Management, in New Developments in Marine Science and Technology: Economic, Legal and Political Aspects of Change 115 (L. Alexander, S. Allen and L. Hanson eds. 1989)
  • The Ecosystem Model - Mandate for a Comprehensive United States Ocean Policy and Law of the Sea, 26 San Diego L. Rev. 417 (1989)
  • The Marine Ecosystem Management Model and the Law of the Sea: Requirements for Assessment and Monitoring, in The International Implications of Extended Maritime Jurisdiction in the Pacific (J. Craven, J. Schneider, & C. Stimson eds. 1989)
  • A Still Evolving the Law of the Sea, 17 Calif. Western Int'l L.J. 355 (1987)
  • Mineral Regime in the Antarctic in Center for Oceans Law and Policy, in The Polar Regions (M. Nordquist, ed. 1987)
  • The Retaliation Doctrine: Promoting Forensic Misconduct, 50 Alb. L. Rev. 763 (1986)
  • Legal Constraints and Options for Total Ecosystem Management of Large Marine Ecosystems, in Variability and Management of Large Marine Ecosystems 241 (K. Sherman and L. Alexander eds. 1985)
  • Management of Large Marine Ecosystems: Developing a New Rule of Customary International Law,  22 San Diego L. Rev. 733 (1985)
  • Use of Information Generated from Federal Marine Pollution Research Programs, in COLP, Oceans Policy Study Series, Oceans Industry and Regulatory Reform 157 (1985)
  • Environmental Policy Law in the 1980's: Shifting Back the Burden of Proof, 12 Ecology L.Q. 1 (1984)
  • On Becoming and Being a Prosecutor, 78 Nw. U. L. Rev. 1485 (1984)
  • Whither Miranda, 62 Tex. L. Rev. 1341 (1984)
  • Book Review on "Ocean and Coastal Law," 11 Coastal Zone Mgmt. J. 249 (1983)
  • The Regulatory Review Process, in COMS, The U.S. Fishing Industry and Regulatory Reform (1983)
  • Coastal, Fishery and Marine Policy in the Arctic, in Arctic Oil and Gas Development: Promise and Potential (1982)
  • Perspectives on Intergovernmental and Environmental Issues, in COMS, The Newest Federalism: A New Framework for Coastal Issues (1982)
  • OCS Development: A New Law and a New Beginning, 7 Coastal Zone Mgmt. J. 297 (1980) (with J. Murphy)
  • Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Policy, in COMS, Comparative Marine Policy 89 (1979)
  • Book Review on Jury Woman, 13 The Prosecutor 179 (Nov. 1977)
  • Pennsylvania's New Mental Health Law, 48 Penn. Bar Ass'n Q. 482 (1977)
  • Commentary on the New Pennsylvania Crimes Code, in Reference Manual for Trial Judges of Pennsylvania 1 (1976)
  • Handbook for Trial Judges  (1976)
  • Criminal Procedure in Pennsylvania: The Pre-Trial Issues in Four Parts, 78 Dick. L. Rev. 209 (1974)
  • Students as Prosecutors: The Philadelphia Experience, 45 Penn. Bar Ass'n Q. 423 (1974)
  • Three Prosecutors Look at the New Pennsylvania Crimes Code, 12 Duq. L. Rev. 793 (1974) (with S. Goldblatt and J. Dougherty)
  • Reapportionment in the 1970's: A Pennsylvania Illustration, 47 Temp. L.Q. 3 (1973)
  • Analysis and Commentary to the Pennsylvania Crimes Code (1973) (with S. Goldblatt)
  • Note, 6 Columbia J. of Transnational L. 395 (1967)