Melissa Crow

Director of Litigation

As the Director of Litigation, Melissa leads CGRS’s affirmative litigation, direct representation work, and appellate practice before federal courts and immigration agencies. Before joining CGRS, she was Senior Supervising Attorney with the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Immigrant Justice Project, where she led strategic litigation and advocacy to promote fair and humane immigration policies. From 2010 to 2017, she served as the Legal Director of the American Immigration Council, where she oversaw the development of a robust docket of litigation intended to enhance due process for immigrants, promote government accountability, and challenge overly restrictive interpretations of our immigration laws. She served previously as a senior advisor at the Department of Homeland Security under the Obama administration, counsel to Senator Edward Kennedy during the 2007 U.S. Senate debates on immigration reform, a partner with the law firm of Brown, Goldstein & Levy in Baltimore, Maryland, and a clinical law professor in the International Human Rights Clinic at Washington College of Law and the Safe Harbor Project at Brooklyn Law School.

Melissa is frequently invited to speak on cutting-edge immigration issues and has published numerous articles, practice advisories, and blogs. She was recently appointed by the President of the American Bar Association to serve as a member of the ABA Commission on Immigration. Melissa received her bachelor’s degree from Brown University, her master’s degree from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, and her law degree from New York University School of Law. She speaks fluent French.

Not admitted to practice law in California. Admitted in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and New York.