Melissa Salinas cofounded and co-teaches the Federal Appellate Litigation Clinic, in which second- and third-year law students litigate criminal and habeas corpus appeals on behalf of indigent clients. She is the appellate director for the Office of the Federal Public Defender for the Northern District of Ohio, where she represents clients in criminal and habeas corpus proceedings in federal district court and the U.S. Court of Appeals. A graduate of the University of Michigan Law School, she clerked for the Hon. Eric L. Clay, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Prior to law school, she was a financial systems manager in the Latin America Division of Federal Express and worked as a bilingual elementary school teacher in Denver, Colorado.