Melissa Michaud

Melissa Bio 2019

Shortly after earning her undergraduate degree from Brown University in 2004, Melissa joined Teach for America and taught middle school in eastern North Carolina. Upon graduation from law school in 2009 with high honors, Melissa first clerked for the Honorable Louise W. Flanagan of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina, and then was hired through the Attorney General’s Honors Program as a trial attorney for the United States Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Educational Opportunities Section. At the Department of Justice, her practice focused on enforcing civil rights statutes, such as Title IV of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, and the Americans with Disabilities Act, in the K-12 context. At Tharrington Smith, Melissa continues to practice education law and regularly advises school systems on personnel matters, investigations, and compliance issues. She also represents school system clients in federal administrative investigations and in state and federal court litigation. Melissa is an active member in the Education Section of the North Carolina Bar Association, serving as a CLE presenter in 2014, CLE planning committee member in 2015-2016, Treasurer in 2016-2017, Secretary 2017-2018, and Vice Chair from 2018 to the present.


University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law

  • Juris Doctor, 2009
  • high honors
  • North Carolina Law Review, Editor, Staff Member
  • Juvenile Justice Clinic, Student Lawyer
  • UNC Law Pro Bono Board, Member

Brown University

  • B.S. Political Science, 2004

Memberships & Admissions

  • North Carolina Bar 2009
  • Wake County Bar Association
  • 10th Judicial District Bar
  • North Carolina Bar Association
    Education Law Section Member
    Young Lawyers Division Member

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