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Melvin Kelley

Assistant Professor of Law


Professor Kelley received a BA in Political Science and Economics with a concentration in Africana Studies from College of the Holy Cross in 2007. He thereafter received his JD from Columbia Law School in 2011 where he served as a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, as Writing and Research Editor of the Columbia Journal of Law & Social Problems, as Staff Editor of the National Black Law journal, and as a Constitutional Law Teacher in the Columbia Law High School Institute. He went on to work as a Social Justice Fellow at the American Civil Liberties Union of Connecticut and then as a Staff Attorney for the Connecticut Fair Housing Center.

Before coming to Villanova, Professor Kelley served as the Elizabeth Ann Zitrin Teaching Fellow and as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Law at Northeastern University School of Law, teaching Civil Rights and Restorative Justice and Critical Race Theory.  His scholarship has been accepted for publication in the Harvard Journal on Racial and Ethnic Justice and the Iowa Law Journal of Gender, Race and Justice.

Practice Experience

  • Social Justice Fellow, American Civil Liberties Union of Connecticut
  • Staff Attorney, Connecticut Fair Housing Center
Melvin Kelley, Assistant Professor of Law

Office: Rm 228, Law School Building
Phone: 610-519-3222
Fax: 610-519-6472

Courses and Seminars

  • Fair Housing
  • Critical Race Theory
  • Property


BA, College of the Holy Cross

JD, Columbia Law School