Melissa Weaver works handling health care transactional matters and immigration cases. Previous to this, she served as the Women and Children’s Program Attorney for local non-profit, Human Rights Initiative of North Texas, Inc. (“HRI”) for 10 years. At HRI she provided free legal services to indigent immigrant victims and families of domestic abuse, trafficking and violent crimes. Melissa handles cases concerning VAWA (Violence Against Women Act), U-Visa and SIJS (Special Immigrant Juvenile Status). She first began working with children at the W.W. Caruth, Jr. Child Advocacy Clinic at Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law. She also interned for Texas Lawyers for Children. While in law school, Melissa interned with several federal agencies. She assisted in a landmark human trafficking/national origin discrimination case at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in Dallas. She also assisted with several civil and criminal cases with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Northern District of Texas.
Prior to joining HRI, Melissa spent several years in private practice, where she focused on civil litigation and bankruptcy.
Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, Juris Doctor, 2004
University of Georgia, B.S.A.