Melanie provides technical assistance and supervision to lay ombudsmen for administrative hearing preparation and representation; and supports ombudsmen in their role of providing technical assistance to clients who will be representing themselves. She also has vast knowledge in SSI/SSDI, landlord/tenant laws, subsidized housing, and food stamp program.
Melanie has been a member of three different teams at Disability Rights Wisconsin. First, she was a law student intern with the Schools and Civil Rights Team. After five years of legal services practice in Northern Illinois with a primarily focus on housing, public benefits and family law, she returned to DRW as a staff attorney on the Disability Benefits Specialist team. In January of 2016, she joined the Family Care IRIS Ombudman Program.