R. Martin Witt has been a reference librarian and lecturer in law at Columbia Law School since March 2013. Just prior to joining Columbia Law School, Witt was the reference librarian and international/comparative specialist, as well as an adjunct professor, at Florida Coastal School of Law in Jacksonville, Fla.
Witt earned his B.A. in urban studies and planning from the University at Albany and his J.D. from Albany Law School. After law school, he was admitted to practice law in New York and Connecticut and worked for DeGraff, Foy & Kunz in Albany, N.Y.
Witt left the practice of law to pursue a career in law librarianship, accepting a law librarian fellow position at the University of Denver’s Westminster Law Library while he earned his master's of library and information science (M.L.I.S.) with a law librarianship specialization. For his M.L.I.S. practicum project, Witt travelled to Shenzhen, China, where he spent six weeks as an intern for the Peking University School of Transnational Law, Legal Research Center. He also was an intern for the National Indian Law Library during his time in Colorado.
Witt teaches introductory legal research classes as part of the Law School’s first-year Legal Practice Workshop and LL.M. Legal Research and Writing.