Melissa Crow is the Legal Director at the American Immigration Council. She oversees the Council’s impact litigation, legal advocacy and legal education work. She has litigated numerous cases of national importance and has consistently worked to protect the legal rights of noncitizens. Prior to joining the Council, she served as a Senior Advisor in the Office of Policy at the Department of Homeland Security. She was previously a partner with Brown, Goldstein & Levy in Baltimore, Maryland, where she developed a thriving immigration practice and undertook litigation to protect immigrants' rights in the workplace. Before entering private practice, she served as Counsel to Senator Edward M. Kennedy during the 2007 debates on the U.S. Senate's comprehensive immigration reform bill. She has taught in the Safe Harbor Clinic at Brooklyn Law School and the International Human Rights Clinic at Washington College of Law. Melissa holds a J.D. from New York University School of Law and a M.A.L.D. from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.