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Melissa represents parents in high conflict custody cases, and survivors of domestic violence through the Shriver Family Law Project. Melissa has extensive experience working in family law and public interest. During law school, she volunteered for two consecutive summers at Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County (NLSLA). At NLSLA, Melissa represented litigants in their family law matters as a certified law student. After law school, Melissa volunteered at LACLJ and also litigated as a certified law student. She began her professional career as an Associate Attorney at Fusco and Clarke, a law firm that practices primarily Family Law, Dependency cases, and Minor’s counsel. Melissa has represented clients and litigated their family law matters including dissolution of marriage, paternity, custody/visitation, child support, spousal support, restraining orders and guardianships. Melissa holds a B.A. in Sociology with an option in Law and Society from Cal State L.A., and earned her Master of Urban and Regional Planning degree from Cal Poly Pomona. She received her J.D. from Whittier Law School where she participated in the Center for Children’s Rights Program. Melissa is fluent in Spanish.

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