Corinne Martin, 34, has multiple academic degrees and honors to her name. She was the 1997 valedictorian from Myers Park High School, where she also completed the International Baccalaureate Program, and graduated summa cum laude from Duke University in 2001 with double majors in Cultural Anthropology and Biological Anthropology and Anatomy.But it was while working as an office clerk in a Knoxville, Tenn., law firm, saving money for graduate school (where she earned a master’s degree in Ecological and Environmental Anthropology from the University of Georgia), that she embarked on the path that earned her the most recent of her distinctions.Martin’s plan, after earning an additional Certificate in Conservation Ecology and Sustainable Development from the Institute of Ecology, was to work as an ecologist or a wildlife researcher.“I have always sought a better appreciation for how humans and natural resources interact and shape one another,” she says. “How culture shapes the world around us and how the world around us shapes culture.”Martin returned to the Knoxville law firm where she’d worked in the year prior to graduate school and took a job as a legal assistant while she searched for an environmental job. Her job search lasted two years, and during that time, Martin had an epiphany that “the law would be a good vehicle for having a real impact on policy issues effecting natural resources.”So Martin went back to school, this time to the University of Tennessee Law School, earning a JD in 2009. She has been working since as an associate attorney at the Nashville, Tenn., office of Stites and Harbison in its environmental energy and natural resources service group.“I focus on sustainability and renewable energy issues,” Martin says, adding that she gets to “work on a lot of cases that make me feel good about being an attorney.” And that work is earning distinctions.For the second year in a row, Martin is a finalist in the Nashville Emerging Leader Awards (NELAs), sponsored by YP Nashville, a young professionals organization, and the Nashville Chamber of Commerce, in the Environment and Sustainability category. NELAs are awarded to young professionals younger than 40 who have achieved great impact in both their careers and community life.“I’m honored to be a NELA finalist, particularly in this category,” Martin says, noting that she especially appreciates the opportunity the distinction provides to “shine a spotlight on environmental and sustainability issues in middle Tennessee, such as encouraging economic development while conserving some of the most beautiful landscape in the country.”Martin credits her education at Myers Park High School with “sparking an awareness that the world is so much larger and that there are so many different environments and people out there.” Her background in science and policy, both passions she says were instilled in her IB studies at Myers Park High School, “have given me a fuller appreciation for the issues I now face in the law.”
Friday, Sep. 20, 2013
Charlotte young lawyer up for top award
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