Richard W. Sonny Martin will be the keynote speaker at ACTCs Commencement Ceremony. He is the Senior Partner of Martin amp; Vincent, PSC in Ashland and has been City Attorney for the City of Ashland since 1978.
An Ashland resident, he attended the Ashland Center, University of Kentucky, an ACTC predecessor, from 1962-64 and transferred to UK where he received a BA degree in English. After receiving his JD degree from the UK College of Law in 1969, he was a special agent for the Federal Bureau of Investigation for several years, receiving commendations from three FBI Directors. He returned to Ashland to practice law in 1973.
Since then he has been admitted to practice before the Kentucky State Courts, U.S. Eastern District of Kentucky, 6th Circuit Court of Appeals and U. S. Supreme Court. He has served twice as a Special Justice of the Kentucky Supreme Court and has been a Certified Mediator for the Mediation Center of Kentucky since 2000 and a Court of Justice Mediator since May, 2013.
He served on the Kentucky Crime Commission Executive Board from 1993 to1995and the Board of Overseers Executive Committee of the Kentucky Municipal Law Center at the Northern Kentucky University from1986 to1992.
Martin is a member of the Kentucky Bar Association, American Bar Association, Kentucky Defense Counsel and Municipal Attorneys Association. He has served on several Kentucky Bar Association committees, has mentored young lawyers and has spoken at KBA supported continuing education programs.
His volunteer legal work has included representing the Boyd County Library District since 1980, the Boyd County 911 and the Ashland Boyd County Catlettsburg Emergency Management since their formation. He incorporated and provided legal assistance for a number of years to the Tri-State Fair amp; Regatta, now called Summer Motion. In 1982, he assisted the downtown churches in forming the United Ashland Ministries which operates the Unity Square elderly housing units and the Community Kitchen. He also formed the corporation that operates the grade school Ashland Instructional Basketball League.
His involvement in community activities has included serving on the Boards of Directors of Hack Estep Boys Farm, Kings Daughters Medical Health Foundation, Ashland Instructional Basketball League, Ashland Cemetery and Community Hospice. He is currently a member of the Salvation Army Advisory Board.
He served on the Ashland Community College Board of Directors from 1989 to 2006 and was named the colleges Distinguished Alumnus in 2003. He is married to Frances Martin, an ACTC Associate Professor in Math and they have three adult children and two grandchildren.