Associate Professor of Legal Process, Coordinator of Legal Process and Faculty Director of the Moot Court Advocacy Board
B.A., cum laude, 1971, Jackson College of Tufts University
M.Ed., 1972, Northeastern University
J.D., 1981, Hofstra University School of Law
Professor Melniker graduated from Tufts University cum laude with a major in French. During college, she fell in love with Boston, and she decided to stay in her adopted city after graduation. She earned a Master's Degree in Special Education at Northeastern University, where she was awarded a full merit scholarship. She then returned to her native Long Island to begin her teaching career. She worked with learning disabled and emotionally disturbed teenagers at MacArthur High School in Levittown, New York.
After teaching for a number of years, Professor Melniker decided to change careers. She embarked on a dual adventure: she attended Hofstra Law School, where she immersed herself fully in the study of law, and she became pregnant with her first child. Her son was born conveniently after her first-year finals. Professor Melniker served as Notes and Comments Editor of the Hofstra Law Review.
After graduation from Hofstra, Professor Melniker worked in private practice. After several years in practice, she was offered an adjunct position teaching Legal Methods in the evening division at Touro Law Center. That year turned out to be Professor Melniker's last year in private practice. She loved teaching law students and she loved teaching Legal Methods, so when she was offered a full-time teaching position, she gladly accepted. She has been teaching that course, and its successor course Legal Process, ever since. She also served as the Coordinator of Legal Process.
Professor Melniker is a member of the Legal Writing Institute, the Association of Legal Writing Directors, the American Bar Association, and the Nassau County Bar Association. She has served on the Board of Directors of the American Jewish Society for Service and she is an active member of the Tufts University Alumni Admissions Program.