As Lane Powell’s Director of Professional Development and Diversity, Melissa Berry provides leadership and strategic direction for the firm’s professional development and diversity programs. READ MORE
Melissa oversees the design, implementation and monitoring of a wide variety of programs related to the professional development of the firm’s attorneys, increasing Lane Powell’s diversity, and fostering an inclusive work environment.
Melissa has an extensive background in legal education and law school student and career services, where she led efforts to help law students from all backgrounds succeed. Melissa began her career as a litigator before turning her focus to professional development, diversity and inclusion.
University of Washington School of Law
Chapman University, Dale E. Fowler School of Law
University of Missouri School of Law, Visiting Associate Professor (2013-2014)
MBM Group LLC, Manager (2009-2013)
National Conference of Bar Examiners, Consultant (2005-2008)
Perkins Coie LLP
U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, Law Clerk to the Honorable David B. Sentelle (1995)
Latham & Watkins, Associate Attorney (1994-1996)
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, Law Clerk to the Honorable Terence T. Evans (1993-1994)
Seattle Area Legal Recruiting Association
Mother Attorneys Mentoring Association, Seattle
Board Member, Legal Employers Advancing Diversity of Washington (2017-2019)
National Association of Law Placement
Leadership Competency Working Group, Holloran Center Professional Identity Formation Project (2019-2020)
Co-Chair, National Association of Law Student Affairs Professionals, Mentorship Committee
Association of American Law Schools
Program Committee, Association of Academic Support Educators (2018-2019)
Mental Health First Aid Certification (2019)
NALP Coaching 201 Training (2017)
NALP Coaching 101 Training (2016)
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