In October 2017, Melody joined the Bar of Tennessee after taking the bar exam in July. Melody received her Juris Doctorate from the University of Southern California (USC) Gould School of Law in 2014. In law school, she served as the President of the Graduate Student Government, representative the Student Bar Association, president of the Energy & Environmental Law Society, editor for the Southern California Review of Law and Social Justice, and Fellow for the Legal Writing program.
During law school, she received a grant to study genocide and legal institutions in Rwanda and Burundi and worked as a research assistant in real estate law. Most notably while in law school, she served as President of the Graduate Student Government (GSG), managing a $2 million budget, 18 graduate student staff, and dozens of programs and student organizations. In this capacity, she served as an advocate for graduate students with University administration and the Board of Trustees. She also served on the National Association of Graduate-Professional Students (NAGPS), a national graduate student advocacy group, for two years. Her work was recognized at USC with a number of awards, including: the Edward S. and Eleanor J. Shattuck Award (leadership in law school); Member of the Order of Areté (leadership university-wide), and GSG Board Member of the Year. Under her leadership, GSG was awarded Western Region Member of the Year, National Member of the Year, and host location of the Annual National Conference.
She joined the State Bar of California in 2015 and is currently an active member. She is looking forward to continuing her community advocacy work and working pro bono in Chattanooga in service to those who need it the most.