With a broad range of legal experience, passion and great determination, LaTonya is uniquely qualified and suited for this judicial seat. Beginning her legal career by writing appellate briefs for the criminal division of the Arkansas Attorney General's office under Mark Pryor, LaTonya learned a lot of the do's and dont's of criminal trial practice. Then she began serving the citizens of Pulaski County by prosecuting criminal cases under Larry Jegley until she began defending the same types of cases all across the State of Arkansas (especially in Pulaski County) as a Public Defender and then as a private attorney for The Austin Law Firm, PLLC. In private practice, she, with the assistance of her mother and Office Manager, Fran Kelley, focuses heavily on Family Law, Probate Law, Civil Litigation and Criminal Defense. LaTonya has practiced law in State (District and Circuit) and Federal Courts all across the State.
She has had and continues to have the opportunity to sit as a Special Judge in multiple District and Circuit Courts in Pulaski County over the last 9 years. She has also been a Neutral Hearing Officer for the Pulaski County Housing Agency, hearing Housing Choice Voucher appeals regarding program eligibility and termination.
Austin is a Little Rock native and Honor graduate of Little Rock Central High School and the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, where she obtained her Bachelors Degree in Psychology. She attended and graduated from the UALR Bowen School of Law as a Bowen Scholar. With a broad range of legal experience, passion and great determination, LaTonya is uniquely qualified and suited for this judicial seat. She has practiced criminal law in State (District and Circuit) and Federal Courts all across Arkansas and has sat as a Special Judge in multiple District Courts in Pulaski County over the last 8 years.
LaTonya Laird Austin is a wife to Lee Honorable, mother, sister, daughter, and friend. She is an active member of the St. Luke Baptist Church in North Little Rock, as well as the Pulaski County Bar Association, Volunteer Organization of Center for Arkansas Legal Services (VOCALS), eStem Community Association, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Board Member of the Arkansas Learning Alliance, Inc., Positive People Promotions, Inc., and other community organizations.
Austin has served in the following capacities over the length of her legal career:
Writing appellate briefs for the criminal division of the Arkansas Attorney General's office under Mark Pryor
Deputy Prosecutor under Pulaski County Judge Larry Jegley
Deputy Public Defender for Pulaski County
Private defense attorney for The Austin Law Firm, PLLC working with clients across the state
Austin's areas of focus include: