Mel Neal is a rising third-year law student at Georgetown University Law Center in Washington D.C. She received her Bachelor of Arts in History and Women’s Studies from the University of Michigan and grew up in the metro-Detroit area. Prior to law school, Mel taught at an elementary school on Navajo Nation, just outside of Gallup, New Mexico. Mel developed her advocacy skills as an educator and decided to leave the classroom and attend law school to learn how to advocate for her students on a larger scale.

During law school, Mel was a student attorney during the inaugural semester of the Racial Equity in Education Law and Policy Clinic and is currently a notes editor for the Georgetown Journal of Law & Modern Critical Race Perspectives. She has also served as a board member of Georgetown’s Native American Law Students Association as a non-Native member. Mel is active in the public interest law community at Georgetown, having been a Justice John Paul Stevens Public Interest Fellow and a Home Court Fellow for the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless. Mel has also previously interned for New Mexico Legal Aid and U.S. Department of Justice Environment and Natural Resources Division. Working at NARF has been a huge dream of hers and she is thrilled to be working for the Boulder office this summer.



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