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Melissa Colangelo

Appellate Program Director

202-467-4900 Ext: 527

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Melissa Colangelo is the Appellate Program Director at Children’s Law Center. Melissa handles and supervises appeals arising in a variety of family law proceedings. She works on all matters in which Children’s Law Center presents its views as a friend of the court, and is the leader for the organization’s appellate strategy on systemic issues. In addition, Melissa teams with trial attorneys to develop legal theories for complex litigations. Melissa is also an adjunct professor at The George Washington University Law School, where she teaches co-requisite courses for students involved in externships, and appellate advocacy skills by coaching students competing in national moot court competitions. Prior to joining Children’s Law Center in 2011, Melissa was a litigation associate at Shearman & Sterling LLP and clerked for the Honorable John R. Fisher of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals.

The George Washington University Law School, JD
Brown University, BA, Sociology and International Relations