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Yolanda N. Melville is an associate of the firm and member of Cooper Levenson's Land Use, Zoning and Planning, Education/School Law, and Cannabis Law practice groups. Yolanda works on various land use issues, including commercial development, redevelopment, real estate, affordable housing and litigation. Yolanda also assists the Education Law Department in the defense of claims of violations of the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination, as well as federal litigation matters, including alleged civil rights and IDEA violations. She is based in the firm's Atlantic City office.
During her law school tenure, Yolanda served as Managing Editor of the Human Rights and Globalization Law Review and as a student attorney in the Fair Housing Clinic assisting critical-need clients with housing investigations, Fair Housing Act violations and predatory lending practices within the D.C. metropolitan area. Yolanda coordinated the "Take Back Your Home" Project, which provided counseling and mediation information to homeowners facing foreclosure. In 2011, Yolanda was selected as a Kellogg's Law Fellow for the NAACP Office of General Counsel, where she worked on national civil rights issues and participated in discussion panels throughout the country.
Upon completion of her education, Yolanda clerked for the Honorable Susan F. Maven, J.A.D., in the Superior Court of New Jersey, Appellate Division. Yolanda formerly served as Democracy Counsel for the Brennan Center for Justice in New York City and worked as an Associate Attorney for Bisgaier Hoff, LLC in Haddonfield, New Jersey.
Yolanda attended The College of William and Mary where she graduated in 2007 with a dual degree in English and Government. Yolanda also earned a Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2011. She received her Juris Doctor degree from Howard University School of Law in 2012.