Jessica R. Martin
JESSICA R. MARTIN is a seasoned litigator whose practice focuses on commercial litigation. She works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve the best outcomes for clients. Prior to joining Sutin, Jessica served as Assistant Trial Attorney for the New Mexico Law Offices of the Public Defender, where she conducted legal research, identified possible defenses, wrote and argued motions, negotiated with opposing counsel, and prepared for and conducted all aspects of trial. She also worked for the New Mexico Immigrant Law Center as an immigration attorney for more than six years. Before entering law school, she worked at Southern Arizona Legal Aid, Inc., and volunteered as a Court Appointed Special Advocate for Children. These experiences inspired her to become a lawyer. Jessica received her J.D. from the University of New Mexico School of Law, where she was awarded the Margaret Keiper Dailey Award for Social Justice.
Jessica frequently speaks on immigration law and its consequences on children and families. She provides written and oral communication for her clients in both Spanish and English.
- New Mexico, 2012
- University of New Mexico School of Law, 2012, J.D., magna cum laude
- Smith College, 1997, B.A., Studio Art, cum laude
Publications & Speeches
- “Experiences of Battered Immigrant Women in the VAWA Self-Petitioning Process,” VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN, August 2010; vol. 16, 8: pp.858-880. Co-authored with Maia Ingram, Deborah Jean McClelland, Montserrat F. Caballero, Maria Theresa Mayorga, and Katie Gillespie.
- Presenter, “Immigration Consequences and Remedies for Immigrant Youth in the Delinquency System,” Law Offices of the Public Defender Annual Conference, June 2019. Approved for Continuing Legal Education credit.
- Presenter, “Protecting Immigrant Clients in an Enforcement Era,” New Mexico State Bar Annual Meeting, Bernalillo, NM, August 2018. Approved for Continuing Legal Education credit.
- Presenter, “Immigration Protections for Children and Mixed Status Families,” Children’s Law Institute, Albuquerque, NM, January 2018. Approved for Continuing Legal Education credit and Social Work Continuing Education Units.
- Presenter, “Representing Clients on Petitions for U Nonimmigrant Status (U Visas for Crime Victims),” May 2017. Training for pro bono attorneys approved for Continuing Legal Education credit.
- Presenter, “Not Your Everyday Family Law Issues,” on the intersections of Immigration Law and Family Law, Ninth Annual New Mexico Legal Service Providers Conference: Holistically Addressing Poverty and Advancing Equity for Women and Families in New Mexico, June 2016. Approved for Continuing Legal Education credit.
- Presenter, “Protecting and Providing Permanency for Immigrant Children,” New Mexico Judicial Conclave, Albuquerque, NM, June 2016. Approved for Continuing Judicial Education credit.
- Presenter, “Supporting Immigrant and Refugee Status Adolescents,” Envision New Mexico, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM, February 2016. Approved for Continuing Medical Education credit.
- Presenter, “The Status of Immigration Law, Local Implementation, and Ethical Considerations,” Eighth Annual New Mexico Legal Service Providers Conference, Albuquerque, NM, June 2015. Approved for Continuing Legal Education credit.
- Presenter, “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Special Immigrant Juvenile Status,” Children and Immigration: What Child Welfare, Domestic Violence, and Family Law Practitioners Need to Know, Albuquerque, NM, September 2013.
- Presenter, “Supporting Undocumented Homeless Youth,” National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth (NAEHCY) Annual Conference, Albuquerque, NM, October 2012. Approved for Social Work Continuing Education units.
- Margaret Keiper Dailey Award for Social Justice, 2012
- Michael Maggio Immigrants’ Rights Summer Fellowship Recipient, 2011
Professional & Community Involvement
- Court Appointed Special Advocate for Children, Volunteer, 2007-2010
- Southern Arizona Legal Aid, BIA Accredited Representative/Paralegal, 2003-2009
- The Art Room therapeutic art activities for homeless children, Facilitator, 2000
- Tucson Centers for Women and Children, Bilingual Counselor, 1998-1999