Lincoln Memorial University

Professor Melanie Reid Selected to 2019 Leadership Law Class by TBA

Professor Melanie ReidKnoxville, Tennessee, December 21, 2018— Lincoln Memorial University Duncan School of Law (LMU Law) Associate Dean of Faculty and Professor of Law Melanie Reid has been selected by the Tennessee Bar Association to be a part of its 2019 Leadership Law program. She is the only member of the 2019 Leadership Law class representing a law school.


Now in its 16th year, Leadership Law is designed to equip Tennessee lawyers with the vision, knowledge and skills necessary to serve as leaders in their profession and local communities. The class will meet for its first session in January, and then spend the next six months learning about leadership in the legal profession, issues in the courts, policymaking in state government and the importance of community service.


Reid teaches criminal law and procedure, criminal practice, federal criminal law, national security and comparative law at LMU Law. She is widely published on Fourth Amendment privacy laws, comparative criminal procedure issues, marijuana, narcotics trafficking in West Africa and Mexico, the culture of mass incarceration, the impact of restitution on child pornography possession cases and law enforcement’s potential use of robots and drones. Reid has lectured on various topics including prosecuting international narcotics trafficking cases, proactive investigations, asset forfeiture, federal wiretap and conspiracy laws, discovery obligations and prudential searches, advanced trial advocacy and evidentiary foundations and evidentiary issues in international criminal cases. She was selected for a Fulbright Award by the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board and taught at the University of Latvia in spring 2018.


Prior to joining the LMU Law faculty, Reid served as a U.S. Department of Justice trial attorney in the Narcotics and Dangerous Drug Section (NDDS). She also has served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of Florida in Miami where she prosecuted various federal firearm, drug, immigration, money laundering, violent crime and fraud violations.


Earlier in her career, Reid served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Charles Wilson of the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Tampa, Florida. Reid graduated from the University of Notre Dame Law School in 2001. She studied in Madrid, Spain, and received a Master’s in Spanish from Middlebury College. Reid received her undergraduate degree in business and Spanish from the University of Notre Dame.


The Lincoln Memorial University Duncan School of Law is located in Knoxville’s Historic Old City Hall Building. LMU Law is an integral part of LMU’s values-based learning community, and is dedicated to preparing the next generation of lawyers to provide sound legal service in the often underserved region of Appalachia and beyond. For more information about LMU Law, call 865.545.5303 or visit us online at


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