Melika represents public school districts in all areas of school law, and has particular experience in matters relating to special education, student records, student discipline and labor negotiations. Prior to practicing law, Melika worked as a public school teacher in the New York City Department of Education for six years. In particular, Melika served as a Teach for America corps member at an under-resourced school in the South Bronx, where she taught 6th and 7th grade Math, before serving as the Director of College Placement at the Bronx Lab School. Melika’s experience also includes working with education-related national organizations such as Let’s Get Ready, an organization that provides free SAT preparation to low income students and serving as a member of the Screening and Selection Committee for Math for America. While in law school, Melika served as a student attorney with the Child and Family Advocacy Clinic and completed an internship at the Vera Institute of Justice, where her research spawned the formation of Be More, a non-profit organization devoted to reducing implicit bias. Additionally, Melika interned at the Truancy Bureau of the Kings County (Brooklyn) District Attorney’s Office. Melika earned her B.A. from Syracuse University and her J.D. from the Washington University-St. Louis School of Law.