Melissa Toback ’19
Post-Graduate Fellow, Lewis Steel Racial Justice Project Fellowship

Melissa is a recent alumna of NYLS. She was admitted to the Appellate Division, Third Judicial Department in 2019. She performs legal research and advocacy work and plans racial justice roundtables, furthering the initiatives of the Racial Justice Project. Additionally, as a Lewis Steel Fellow, Melissa works with the Fines and Fees Justice Center to eliminate excessive fines and fees in the justice system. While in law school, Melissa served as an extern for the Honorable Nicholas G. Garaufis, U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of New York. She participated in the Legislative Advocacy-Everytown for Gun Safety Clinic, where she drafted and analyzed common-sense gun reform legislation. She was also a Research Assistant for Professor Richard Marsico and assisted him with preparing the Teacher’s Manual for his recently published casebook on special education law. Melissa spent her final semester of law school as a Pro Bono Scholar, working with the Civil Law Reform Unit of The Legal Aid Society on a broad array of legal matters and reform initiatives.