Melinda received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Philosophy from the University of California at Davis. While at UC Davis she was actively involved in local non-profits assisting survivors of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault with various legal issues.
She later earned her Juris Doctorate from Whittier Law School in 2009, where she received the 2007 Public Interest Scholarship from the California Bar Association for her continued volunteer work. While at Whittier law school she served as the President of the Hispanic American Law Student Association while also competing and serving as the Vice President of the Trial Advocacy Honors Board.
While in law school she worked with Amnesty International in their Stop Violence Against Women Project as well as at the District Attorney’s offices in San Diego and Orange County. Upon graduating from law school she was awarded the Center for Children’s Rights Certificate, Trial and Appellate Practice Certificate, and Criminal Law Certificate due to her courses and active participation in school programs.
Melinda is a member of the Orange County Bar Association, Orange County Hispanic Bar Association, and continues to assist in advocacy and policy development for survivors of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault through her work with the California Partnership for Domestic Violence (CPEDV) and Human Options.
As an attorney, Melinda has been involved in many high asset and high conflict custody and dissolution matters during her career. Her ability to advocate for her clients with up to date advice and compassion allows her to obtain client centered results in the most efficient manner possible.
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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Community Leader||Human Options||2014|
|2007 Public Interest Scholarship||California Bar Association||N/A|
|Managing Attorney (since August 2014)||HUGHES & HUGHES||2011 - Present|
|Associate - Plaintiff's Commercial Litigation||Hollins Law||2010 - 2011|
|Associate||Law Offices of Michael Carrillo||2009 - 2010|
|Post Bar Law Clerk||Augustine & Egelsee||2009 - 2009|
|Certified Law Clerk||San Diego District Attorney & Orange County District Attorney||2007 - 2009|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Hispanic Bar Association of Orange County||N/A||N/A|
|Orange County Bar Association||N/A||N/A|
|Whititer Law School - Trial Advocacy Honor's Board||Vice President||2007 - 2009|
|Whittier Law School - Hispanic American Law Student Association||President||2006 - 2009|
|Whittier Law School||Law - Certificate in Criminal Law and Trial Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2009|
|UCDavis||Political Science & Philosophy||BA||2005|