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Melisa received her undergraduate degree in Political Science with a specialization in Legal Studies from Wilfrid Laurier University. It was through this specialization that Melisa discovered her interest in the legal system, which led to her pursuing her law degree and receiving her Juris Doctor from the University of Ottawa, Common Law Section.
Throughout her time at law school, Melisa served as Events Coordinator for both the Ottawa branch of the Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund (LEAF) as well as the Ottawa branch of the Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers (CARL). She also served as an upper year mentor to incoming first years, providing one-on-one support and guidance throughout the online schooling experience.
In her second year of law school Melisa enrolled in an Access to Justice Practicum, which saw her working with Capital Rainbow Refuge, an Ottawa based organization dedicated to the private sponsorship of LGTBQ+ refugees.
When she is not working, Melisa loves to travel; while not travelling, there is nothing she enjoys more than baking and spending quality time with her family and friends.