For Random Profiles, we randomly pick one of our 80,000-plus attorneys, call them, and do a Q&A. We’ve found that every Texas lawyer has an interesting story. Will yours be next?
Family: Son, Travis and daughter, Chelsea.
Areas of practice: criminal, juvenile, misdemeanor, criminal.
Best thing about being a lawyer: The opportunity to help people.
Bet you didn’t know: I help my daughter raise goats for show!
Most important career lesson: document everything.
Part of my job I do best: defending motions to revoke.
Biggest challenge facing attorneys today: for criminal defense lawyers, the zero tolerance society holds for criminals, especially juveniles, that doesn’t allow for forgiveness even though they’ve paid their dues.
Pet Peeve: A client who believes, that because my services are free, I am not a good lawyer.
When not practicing law what do you like to do: I coach a club volleyball team, help my daughter raise goats for show, and I enjoy photography.
Favorite saying: "Life is too short to be lived in fear," and also "Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed of an equal or greater benefit."
Favorite movie: To Kill a Mockingbird.
If you weren’t an attorney, what profession do you think you’d be in? Teaching.
What was the turning point that made you decide to become an attorney? I was teaching at the time and would talk about how I wanted to go to law school. Some of the people I told would tell me that teaching was a good job with a good summer schedule. But one day someone said to me, "well then why don’t you?" It sounds cliche but I thought to myself, "why don’t I?" It was what I wanted to do and at that moment I decided I would.
Viki Martino works for the Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid office in Bee County.
You can also view Viki’s TexasBar.com profile.
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