Melinda J. Cooperman
Law Fellow, Adjunct Professor of Law
Melinda comes to the Street Law Clinic from the City University of...Continue Reading
Melinda comes to the Street Law Clinic from the City University of New York (CUNY) School of Law, where she was a Haywood Burns Fellow in Civil and Human Rights. As a law student, Melinda became actively involved with the Suspension Representation Project where she advocated for students facing suspension from New York City public schools. She also participated in the Elder Law Clinic, served as a Teaching Assistant for CUNY's hands-on Trial Practice Seminar, was chosen to represent CUNY School of Law at the 2011 ABA Section on Labor and Employment National Trial Competition, and facilitated the Center on Latino and Latina Rights and Equality (CLORE) 2011 High School Law Academy. During law school, Melinda also taught a weekly class in a public high school through the New York Civil Rights Coalition that was focused on stereotypes in our society and the laws which historically served to perpetuate those stereotypes.
After graduating from The George Washington University in 2005 with a B.A. in Political Communication, Melinda coordinated a family and youth services program at a residential homeless shelter in San Francisco as a corps member for the San Francisco Urban Service Project. Immediately prior to law school, Melinda was a Peace Corps Volunteer in rural El Salvador, where she worked to increase citizen participation in government and provide opportunities for youth development. Melinda successfully negotiated an accord between the leaders of the six major political parties in her town to replace local propaganda images with cultural art. This accord paved the way for a day of community action where community members from all political parties painted cultural murals on the more than seventy lamp posts in the town. Additionally, in the local middle school, Melinda started an "Ecological Club" and developed a course for ninth graders which focused on themes of sex education, self-expression, and personal development.