Senior Deputy Prosecuting Attorney, Pulaski County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office
As a member of the Pulaski County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, Melanie Martin has made a career of making Little Rock safe. She received her bachelor of science in business administration from the University of Arkansas and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Arkansas Little Rock Bowen School of Law, and became a deputy prosecuting attorney after her admittance to the Arkansas Bar. As a Senior Deputy, Martin oversees the office’s training programs, gang unit, major crimes unit, asset forfeitures unit, and two of the circuit court divisions. In addition to her caseload, she is a frequent speaker and lecturer at the local, state, and national levels.
Hometown: Mountain Home; resident of Little Rock for 29 years.
First job: Clark Office Products in Mountain Home.
Favorite food: Anything grilled.
What was your first big break? After my first year of law school, Mayor Mark Stodola (then city attorney) hired me as a law clerk at the Little Rock City Attorney’s Office. When he became the Pulaski County Prosecutor, I moved with him. I graduated from law school the next summer, took and passed the bar, and never left the office.
What attracted you to your career? As a law clerk, I loved being in the courtroom with the assistant city attorneys, deputy prosecutors, defense attorneys, and the judges. I admired how folks could be strong advocates in the courtroom, yet remain good friends after court. I’m an adjunct professor at Bowen Law School teaching law students how to be trial lawyers, to maintain civility in the courtroom, and to keep good reputations.
What accomplishment are you most proud of? My daughters, Maggie and Katie. Raising children is never easy, but they have brought so much sunshine into our lives.
What’s something others would be surprised to know? I’ve been staff pianist at Pulaski Heights Baptist Church in Hillcrest since 1997. My mom was a pianist so we had a lot of music in the home growing up.
What do you love most about what you do? I’ve loved working with victims, witnesses, law enforcement officers and the citizens of Pulaski and Perry counties. Our office works hard to ensure that public safety is important.
What quality do you most admire in other women? As a candidate for district court judge in November, I’m admiring the other women who are also running for elected office in Pulaski County!
Person, past or present, you admire most? Well there are so many, but the longest admiration has been my dad. He’s a lawyer too, was an appointed judge, and was so active in Baxter County. He loved practicing law (for more than 50 years) and working with people. He worked hard for his clients, but always made sure our family came first.
Do you have a personal motto? This is a motto we have always followed in the prosecutor’s office: Always do the right thing for the right reasons.
Childhood nickname: Mel. Still is.