Melissa Berry is the Director of Professional Development and Diversity at Lane Powell PC in Seattle, where she provides leadership and strategic direction for the firm’s professional development and diversity, equity and inclusion efforts. Melissa oversees the design, implementation, and monitoring of a wide variety of programs related to the professional development of the firm’s attorneys, increasing diversity, and fostering an inclusive and engaged work environment. After beginning her career as a litigator, Melissa turned her focus to legal education and supporting law students as a faculty member and administrator, most recently as Assistant Dean for Student and Career Services at the University of Washington School of Law. Melissa also served as an Assistant Dean of Career Services and Associate Professor and at Chapman University Dale E. Fowler School of Law and a Visiting Associate Professor at the University of Missouri School of Law.
Melissa is active in NALP and currently serves on the Neurodiversity in the Legal Profession Task Force and as Co-Vice Chair of the Lawyer Professional Development Section’s Professional Formation Work Group. She is also a member of the Holloran Center’s Leadership Competency Working Group for the Professional Identity Formation Project. Melissa has served in a variety of leadership roles through the Association of American Law Schools, National Association of Law Student Professionals, Seattle Area Legal Recruiting Association, and the Mother Attorneys Mentoring Association in Seattle.
Melissa holds a JD, cum laude, from Northwestern University School of Law and BA, cum laude, from Tulane University.