Melissa Michaud

Melissa Bio 2019

Melissa Michaud is a partner in the firm’s Education Law Section. She advises school systems regarding personnel matters, investigations, and compliance issues and represents school board clients in federal administrative investigations and in state and federal court litigation. Melissa joined Tharrington Smith in 2013.

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 was then 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.

Melissa is an active member of the North Carolina Bar Association’s Education Section and currently serves as the Section’s Chair.


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


  • North Carolina State Bar, Member, 2009

Professional Recognition

  • North Carolina Lawyers Weekly Rising Star, 2018, 2019

Professional Dedication

  • North Carolina Bar Association, Education Law Section Member
    • Chair 2019 to present
    • Vice-Chair 2018-2019
    • Secretary 2017-2018
    • Treasurer 2016-2017
    • CLE Planning Committee 2015-2016
    • CLE Presenter, 2014

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