Faculty Feature - Meet Professor Melanie Perez-Vellios
Professor Melanie Perez-Vellios is the Associate Director of Intro to Lawyering and serves Fellows in the LEO program. Prior to joining Seton Hall Law, Professor Perez-Vellios was Of Counsel to a mid-size New Jersey law firm specializing in employment and education law. Professor Perez-Vellios previously served as a contributing author for the launch of XpertHR, a database for human resource professionals focused on federal and state employment law compliance, and best practices for employers. Following graduation from law school, Professor Perez-Vellios was an Associate at Reed Smith LLP.
“I facilitate and develop an academically rigorous legal practice program, challenging students to work beyond perceived limitations and promoting continued intellectual growth. My pedagogical focus centers on joint productive activity and discourse, maximizing learning in an open, collaborative, and stimulating environment,” explains Professor Perez-Vellios, aiming to use her practice experience to teach fundamental legal writing and analysis skills, professional habits, and interpersonal skills vital for success in the legal profession. “My hope is to develop students into future attorneys who are dynamic thinkers possessing high professional standards and a strong work ethic, and who are compassionate about their contributions to the legal profession and the greater good.”