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Melissa Meyer has been a practicing attorney for over ten years with extensive experience in civil law and criminal courts. She holds a B.A. in political science from Old Dominion University where she graduated Summa Cum Laude. Professor Meyer earned her Juris Doctorate from the University at Buffalo Law School where she graduated Magna Cum Laude. She then practiced law in Rochester, New York as an Assistant Public Defender, Appellate Court Attorney, and a Litigation Attorney before she began teaching for two community colleges in the State University of New York system.
In addition to her work and teaching experience, Professor Meyer served as a former editor of both the University at Buffalo Law Review and the American Bar Association Journal of Affordable Housing and Community Development Law, as state secretary of the Association of Criminal Justice Studies/Technical Education Career Instructors, and as a member of the New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers. She has interned at the U.S. Department of Justice and more recently, has volunteered with the YWCA, the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles, and with Nexos Voluntarios in Urubamba, Peru.