Melanca Clark

Former Counsel, Justice

Melanca Clark was Counsel in the Justice Program at the Brennan Center for Justice where she directed the Community Oriented Defender Network, and worked on other criminal justice initiatives dedicated to strengthening defender services and addressing racial disparities in the criminal justice system. Ms. Clark also worked on legislative and policy reform to increase access to legal representation for low-income individuals in high-stakes civil cases, including in foreclosure proceedings. Ms. Clark is a former John J. Gibbons Fellow in Public Interest and Constitutional Law and a Skadden Fellow at the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund. She also was an associate at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind and Garrison and clerked for Judge Joseph A. Greenway, Jr. of the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey. She received her J.D. from Harvard Law School (2002), and her B.A. from Brown University (1996).

Selected Media Appearances

Like it Is, ABC-NY (11/15/09)

Facing Foreclosure Alone, The Brian Lehrer Show/WNYC (10/7/09)

The High Cost of Foreclosure, The Takeaway/PRI (10/8/09)

Foreclosure Crisis Worsened by Scarcity of Legal Assistance for Struggling Homeowners, Democracy Now! (10/9/09) 

Commentary and Analysis

How Defenders Can Secure Racial Justice Policy Reform, NLADA Cornerstone Magazine (3/1/09)

Give Victims of Foreclosure a Voice of Court, New York Daily News, (10/21/09)

Other Articles

Carrot and Stick Approach Needed, Roll Call (3/2/10)

Before They Take Your Home, The Root (10/28/09)