Loyola University Chicago

School of Law


Melina Healey

Title/s: Post-Graduate ChildLaw Policy and Legislation Teaching Fellow

Office #: Corboy 1113

Phone: 312-915-7959

E-mail: mhealey3@luc.edu


Melina Healey joined the School of Law in August 2014 as the Post-graduate ChildLaw Policy and Legislation Clinical Teaching Fellow.  Melina was a clerk to the Honorable John T. Nixon, U.S. District Court Judge for the Middle District of Tennessee prior to coming to Loyola.

Before the federal clerkship, Melina was involved in policy work in the juvenile justice and child welfare fields, as well as direct advocacy work on behalf of young clients involved in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems.  She worked for two years at the Juvenile Rights Practice of the Legal Aid Society of Manhattan as the education advocate, where she represented young clients in school suspension hearings and trained lawyers to do this work.  She also served as Legal Aid’s representative for policy planning to the New York City Department of Education. 

During law school, Melina served on the Executive Board of the Suspension Representation Project, a coalition of New York City-area law schools that provides hundreds of legal advocates to children at school disciplinary hearings.  Her responsibilities included developing and implementing training curriculum to teach law students how to handle adversarial hearings, and supervising and mentoring hundreds of law students working to combat school push-out.


Melina received her B.A. from Swarthmore College and her J.D. from New York University School of Law, where she was the Executive Editor of the New York University Review of Law and Social Change.  

Selected Publications

Montana’s Hidden Pipeline, The University of Montana School of Law, Montana Law Review (forthcoming Winter, 2014)

The School-to-Prison Pipeline Tragedy on Montana’s American Indian Reservations, The New York University Review of Law and Social Change, 37 N.Y.U. Rev. L. & Soc. Change 67 (Fall, 2013) (Winner of Newman Prize for Most Outstanding Scholarship)

The School-to-Prison Pipeline in Montana, The Oklahoma Supreme Court XXVI Sovereignty Symposium (June, 2013) (Grand Prize Winner, Justice John B. Doolin writing competition)