Associate Professor of Law
Melynda H. Barnhart joined the faculty in Fall 2010 and teaches Legal Practice. Her areas of scholarship and teaching also include human trafficking, immigration and nationality law, criminal law, and administrative law. Prior to joining the Law School, she was an Abraham Freedman Fellow at the Beasley School of Law at Temple University, where she taught first-year Legal Research and Writing and a writing seminar on Crimes and Immigration. Professor Barnhart has worked as an advocate for many years; she has pressed for greater human rights protections for human trafficking victims before the U.S. Congress, the United Nations, and other local, national, and international fora. Before she joined academia, she served as the Director of Anti-Trafficking Initiatives for the International Rescue Committee, where she oversaw a national service program that assisted more than 200 trafficking survivors to rebuild their lives. From 2003 to 2005, she developed and ran one of the first statewide comprehensive service programs for trafficked persons in the U.S., and trained thousands of attorneys, law enforcement personnel, governmental staff, and social workers on how to handle trafficking cases. Professor Barnhart’s article, “Sex and Slavery: An Analysis of State Human Trafficking Laws,” 16 Wm. & Mary J. Women & L. 83 (2009) addressed the growth of state legislative involvement in combating trafficking.
Vassar College, B.A. 1994
Northeastern University School of Law, J.D. 2001
New York University School of Law, LL.M. 2009
Legal Practice I & II