For this week’s Woman Wednesday, AY About You sits down with Skye Martin.
Martin grew up in North Little Rock before graduating from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. Martin went on to graduate fifth in her class from the Bowen School of Law in 2012. She is also a graduate of the Public Service Academy, a joint effort between the Arkansas Bar Association and the Clinton School of Public Service. Martin uses these talents as a Commissioner for the Arkansas Access to Justice Commission.
“I’ve worked as an attorney at the Arkansas Department of Human Services since 2018,” Martin says. “I have also worked as an adjunct professor at the Bowen School of Law in recent years. I’m married to Jonathan Martin, an immigration attorney at Monterrey Law Firm.”
Currently, Martin serves as President-Elect of the Arkansas Association of Women Lawyers, Communications for Peacekeepers of Women & Children First, Finest Honoree for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Committee Member of Women’s Own Worth, Trustee for the Arkansas Bar Association, and Social Media Manager for Junior League of Little Rock. She was recently appointed to the Board of Directors for Pulaski County CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates). Martin has a passion for volunteer work and is always looking for more opportunities. Her hobbies include reading, painting, and salsa dancing.
Martin shares the challenges that she has faced in her career. “Women have come so far in the legal field. I still encounter the occasional ‘old boys’ club’ moment but women have made such incredible strides in recent years. At the Arkansas Association of Women Lawyers, we raise money to award scholarships to female law students and serve as a source of encouragement to young female lawyers. The purpose of our nonprofit is the advancement of women in the legal field. I do not feel that being a woman has held me back in the legal field and that’s due in large part to the trailblazers who came before me.”
Martin shares a word of advice to the women and girls who might read this article. “Do not be discouraged by the occasional setback. Reach out to other women in your field. So many of us are only too happy to serve as mentors. One of the best things you can do is to build a large network of women in your community because it will prove invaluable,” she says.