Judge, Family Court of the State of Hawaii
Local Board Member, Hawaii
Judge Martell has served a Per Diem Judge in Family Court of the First Judicial Circuit, State of Hawai`i since 2005. Previously, she worked as a Deputy Attorney General, a lawyer in private practice, and on various projects with the Hawai`i Judiciary, including the helping to establish both the Family Court Custody Investigation Unit and the Kids First Divorce Education Project.
Judge Martell received a B.S. degree from Boston University and an M.S. degree from the University of Hawai`i in Speech Pathology/Audiology. After working as, a speech/language pathologist at Kapiolani Medical Center and the Hawai`i Department of Education, Judge Martell returned to school, receiving her law degree from the University of Hawai`i’s William S. Richardson School of Law, where she was Executive Editor of the University of Hawai`i Law Review. Following graduation from law school, Judge Martell clerked at the Hawai`i Supreme Court for the Honorable Edward H. Nakamura.
Active in the community, Judge Martell is Vice-Chair of the Hawai`i Housing Development Corporation (a private non-profit developer of affordable rental housing in Hawaii), is the immediate past president of Iwakuni Odori Aiko Kai bon dance club. She serves on the Hawai`i Women’s Legal Foundation board (past president) and the Hawai`i Board of [Bar] Examiners. Past board service includes the Hawai`i State Federal Credit Union, Kids Hurt Too, Domestic Violence Action Center, Manoa Girls’ Athletic Club, and the Downtown Neighborhood Board. Judge Martell has also conducted training for the Mediation Center of the Pacific.
An avid athlete and sports fan, Judge Martell was a cheerleader in high school and throughout college often served as a team parent for her daughters' sports teams, and plays percussion with a pep band at athletic events. A life-long Yankees fan, she tries to attend a Major League Baseball game on almost every trip to the mainland during baseball season.