Location: Berkeley, California
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Melanie Kim graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in International Development Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2009.
Ms. Kim is a 2013 graduate of the University of California, Davis School of Law (King Hall), where she focused on the intersection of immigration and criminal law. She received the law school’s public interest law certificate and pro bono service certificate. During her law school career, she received the Judge Robert M. Takasugi Public Interest Fellowship and scholarships from the Asian Bar Association of Sacramento Foundation and Equal Justice Works.
At King Hall, Ms. Kim participated in the school’s Immigration Law Clinic. As a clinic student, Ms. Kim represented clients seeking asylum and relief under the Convention Against Torture (CAT) before immigration judges and at the Ninth Circuit. She regularly visited immigrants detained at Yuba County Jail where she provided legal assistance as well as Qur’ans and related reading materials at the request of Muslim detainees. Ms. Kim also assisted dreamers filing for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and represented a client at a bond hearing before an immigration judge.
Ms. Kim served as co-president of Students United for Reform and Justice (SURJ), a student group at King Hall that seeks to build awareness of injustices that persist in the American criminal justice system through service-based initiatives and community education efforts. As co-president, she organized and participated in expungement clinics to serve formerly incarcerated individuals as well as visits to San Quentin Prison for King Hall students and faculty. SURJ was named “Organization of the Year” by Davis Vanguard.
Prior to joining Wiley & Jobson, Ms. Kim worked as a staff attorney at Legal Services of Northern California’s (LSNC) Health Rights Project, and later the Western States Pension Assistance Project. There, Ms. Kim advocated for, advised and represented workers and retirees in matters related to their pension and retirement savings accounts. She successfully challenged unlawful actions of retirement plans and secured retirement income for her clients by asserting their rights under federal and state law through written advocacy.
Melanie Kim joined Wiley & Jobson in December 2014.
Year Joined Firm
University of California at Davis School of Law, Davis, California
Honors: Judge Robert M. Takasugi Public Interest Fellowship
Honors: Scholarship, Asian Bar Association of Sacramento Foundation and Equal Justice Works
Honors: Immigration Law Clinic
Major: Immigration and criminal Law
University of California, Los Angeles
B.A., Bachelor of Arts – 2009
Major: International Development Studies
Professional Associations and Memberships
Students United for Reform and Justice (SURJ), student group at King Hall, Co-president
American Immigration Lawyers Association, Northern California Chapter, Member
State Bar of California, Member
Pro Bono Activities
Volunteer, Asian Americans Advancing Justice
Past Employment Positions
Legal Services of Northern California’s (LSNC) Health Rights Project, Staff Attorney
Western States Pension Assistance Project, Staff Attorney