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Salinas, Melissa

Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor of Law
Federal Appellate Litigation Clinic

743 Legal Research
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.