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Melanie B. Abbott

Professor of Law Emerita
Part-Time Faculty

BA, Bates College; MS, Syracuse University; JD, Quinnipiac Univ School of Law; JD, University of Bridgeport


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Phone Number

(203) 582-3240

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Melanie Abbott teaches poverty law, administrative law, civil procedure, and the judicial clerkship "Boot Camp" seminar. She joined the Quinnipiac faculty in 1989 after four years of practicing corporate law at Cadwalader, Wickersham and Taft, in Washington, D.C., and Day, Berry and Howard, in Hartford, Connecticut, and clerking for Judge Thomas J. Meskill on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Her main scholarly interest is poverty law. In 1996, she co-founded the Law Students' Legal Action Fellowship program with Peter Yarrow. She also works with a group of business and academic colleagues on helping lawyers anticipate and plan for their Third Age, the 'bonus' between middle- and old-age in which significant growth and change is possible. Outside of class, she enjoys kayaking, reading, and competing in performance events with her three flat-coated retrievers.


Courses Taught

Poverty Law, Administrative Law, Civil Procedure, Judicial Clerkship Seminar (aka "Boot Camp"), Antitrust and Sports and Entertainment Law.

Significant Administrative Duties

Chair, Career Services/Clerkship Committee.

Interests & Hobbies

Raising Flat-Coated Retrievers (I have 3), competing in dog shows and agility trials: kayaking; reading.

Work In Progress

"CHIP"ping Away at Poverty" Applying the "CHIP" Approach to Job Training for the Poor

Research Interests

Welfare reform, poverty; "Third Age" lawyers.

Community / Practice Activities

Advisory Board member, Center for Third Age Leadership - assist a consortium of business and academic professionals in educating baby-boomers about opportunities in Third Age; provide content for "Of Counsel" page for lawyers

Center for Third Age Leadership