Melina A. Healey
Director of Clinical Programs and Assistant Clinical Professor

Melina A. Healey


B.A., 2008, Swarthmore College
J.D., 2013, New York University School of Law

Melina A. Healey is an Assistant Clinical Professor and Director of Clinical Programs. She previously served as an Acting Assistant Professor at NYU School of Law in the Lawyering Program; a Visiting Assistant Professor at Chicago-Kent College of Law; and a Clinical Teaching Fellow with the Loyola University Chicago School of Law Policy and Legislation Clinic. In addition to her academic appointments, Professor Healey has also practiced law as an Equal Justice Works Fellow with Loyola University’s Center for the Human Rights of Children and with Prisoners’ Legal Services of New York. In 2015, Professor Healey worked with her clinic students, tribal leaders, and community-based advocacy groups to draft Montana’s landmark first tribal human trafficking law. Professor Healey also founded and directed the Native Trafficking Project at Loyola University Chicago, which provides legal, indigenous healing, and social services to Native American survivors of trafficking in Chicago. Professor Healey began her legal career as a clerk for the Honorable John T. Nixon of the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee. She partners with Tribes on civil rights and racial justice advocacy and represents incarcerated Native people in religious rights; tribal benefits; and family law issues. Her work on behalf of the Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes of the Fort Peck Indian Reservation has been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Nation, and NPR, among other media outlets.

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