House Speaker Picks T.U. Law School Dean To Replace Former Legislator on State Ethics Commission

Friday, February 28, 2003

Published on 2/28/03

House Speaker Larry E. Adair on Tuesday Appointed the dean of the University of Tulsa College of Law to the State Ethics Commission.

Martin H. Belsky will replace former state legislator James E. Hamilton on the five-member panel, representing the First Congressional District. Hamilton' s letter of resignation from the commission arrived Tuesday and was accepted " with regret" by Adair.

" I am honored to appoint someone of Dean Belsky' s caliber to the State Ethics Commission," said Adair, D-Stilwell. " He is eminently qualified to assume this responsibility, and brings a well-rounded perspective to the Commission."

Belsky was graduated with distinction from both Temple University and the Columbia University Law School. He also had a fellowship to the Hague Academy of International Law, and was graduated from the Cambridge University Institute of Criminology.

He has been the TU law school dean for nearly eight years. Before that he was the dean and a professor at the Albany, N.Y., Law School, and was associate law professor and director of the Center for Governmental Responsibility at the University of Florida.

In addition, Belsky formerly was a prosecutor in Philadelphia, served as a legal adviser to the U.S. House of Representatives, and was deputy general counsel and then assistant administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

He has helped organize and has participated in numerous conferences on criminal and civil justice, the administration of justice, judicial independence, ethics international law, the U.S. Supreme Court, environmental law, and religious understanding. He has written numerous articles and books on the administration of justice, civil rights, constitutional law, criminal law, international law, environmental law, oceans and coastal law, and professional responsibility.

Belsky has chaired and served on numerous committees and commissions, including panels on energy, legal services, ethics, ethnic and religious tolerance and understanding, higher education, gerontology and aging, disabilities, fire services, criminal justice, science and the law.

He has been an officer, board member and committee chairman of many civic and charitable organizations. He has been a consultant to various state and federal government entities, law firms and private corporations, and frequently has served as an arbitrator and hearing officer.

His wife, Kathleen Waits, is an associate professor at the T.U. Law School.