LaRonda Renee Martin earned her Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry from St. Louis University in 1985. She served four years in the armed forces after graduation. Following her overseas tour of duty, Ms. Martin worked as a research and environmental chemist. She attended law school in 1991 and obtained her Juris Doctorate from St. Louis University School of Law in 1994.
Immediately after graduation, Ms. Martin served as a municipal finance attorney with the Law Office of Barnes, McGhee, Segue and Harper in New York, New York. In 1996, she succumbed to the criminal defense "kool aid,” and joined the Missouri Public Defense system as an Assistant Public Defender in St. Louis. Ms. Martin opened a law firm and practiced in the areas of criminal defense, family, and personal injury law.
LaRonda Martin rejoined the public defender sector in 2006. Prior to joining the Federal Defenders, she worked as a Senior Trial Attorney for the Georgia Public Defender System from 2006 - 2012. She subsequently joined the federal defenders in 2012. She has been employed as an Assistant Federal Public Defender in the Middle District of Alabama, the District of Puerto Rico, and is currently with the Western District of Tennessee, Jackson Division.
LaRonda Martin participated in the National Criminal Defense College in 2006. From 2013 until present, she has served as faculty with Gideon's Promise, Federal Trial Skills, and most recently, the Sentencing Advocacy Workshop team.
LaRonda Martin created and delivered, to various forums, her Street Law presentation in the States of Missouri, Georgia, Florida, and Alabama. She's hoping to reach as many youth as possible. Her mantra: “The more we educate today - the less will be incarcerated tomorrow”.