Jayme Martinez is a law clerk at Patti, Sgro, Lewis and Roger. Her duties include research and writing, and providing litigation support services to supervising attorneys. Currently, she is working on her second death penalty case. Martinez provides trial support to the attorneys appointed to the defendant, review evidence and discovery, prepare witness files for cross-examination, and generally do whatever needs to be done in preparing the defense strategy.
Martinez has worked hard to reach her goals and work in criminal justice. A single mother at 18, she began her career working with victims of domestic violence at the Haven Women’s Center as a receptionist. While working full-time with added responsibilities, Martinez enrolled in junior college.
“My education took a very lengthy, non-traditional path, however, I knew getting my education was the only way I was ever going to be able to provide for my family,” she said. “After moving to Las Vegas in 2001, I enrolled at the University of Phoenix to finish my criminal justice degree. I was a volunteer with the Clark County juvenile public defender’s office while completing my studies, and decided then that I wanted to continue on to law school after obtaining my degree. I applied and was accepted to the University of Nevada, Las Vegas William Boyd School of Law. I worked full-time while attending school, raising my family and graduated with my Juris Doctorate.”
Passionate about the field of criminal justice and giving a voice to those who haven’t yet found their own, according to Martinez, “The justice system is about holding people accountable to each other. In order achieve justice we must strike a balance between retribution and rehabilitation. We have to understand who people are, and what motivates them to behave the way they do, in order to achieve that delicate balance. Some people cannot see past the act a person is accused of. Thankfully, I am not one of those people.”
She would encourage others to pursue a degree in criminal justice, especially those individuals who grew up in neighborhoods with a strong law enforcement presence, or even was in trouble with the law when younger. Martinez believes that life experience is very valuable in this field and with a criminal justice degree, is the perfect change to make the world a better place to live.
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