Melissa Berry returned to the University of Washington School of Law in fall 2016 in as the Director of Graduate Program and Alumni Coaching and in January 2017, she became the Assistant Dean for Student & Career Services. Melissa previously served on the faculties at UW Law and Chapman University Dale E. Fowler School of Law. Most recently, Melissa served as the Assistant Dean of Career Services at Chapman. Before moving into law school administration, Melissa was an Associate Professor and Director of the Environmental, Land Use and Real Estate Law Emphasis Program. She was also a Visiting Associate Professor at the University of Missouri School of Law and a consultant for the National Conference of Bar Examiners.
Melissa brings eleven years of experience in legal education and seven years of experience as an attorney and judicial clerk. She practiced law, primarily commercial litigation, on both coasts as an associate at Latham & Watkins in Washington, D.C. and at Perkins Coie LLP in Seattle. Selected as a Perkins Coie Community Service Fellow, she worked with TeamChild, a Seattle-based nonprofit civil legal services and advocacy organization serving at-risk youth. Following law school, Melissa was a law clerk to the Honorable David B. Sentelle, U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, and the Honorable Terence T. Evans, Chief Judge, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin.
Melissa holds a J.D., cum laude, from Northwestern University School of Law, and a B.A., cum laude, in Political Science and Latin American Studies from Tulane University. She is a member of Phi Beta Kappa.
Melissa currently is Co-Chair of NALP's Pro Bono Work Group, and she is a member of the Climate Reality Leadership Corps.