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Paying it Forward: Melanie Baker joins the HCBA YLD Law-Related Education Committee

Paying it Forward: Melanie Baker joins the HCBA YLD Law-Related Education Committee

Melanie Baker

Tampa attorney Melanie Baker has joined the Law-Related Education Committee for the Hillsborough County Bar Association (HCBA) Young Lawyers Division (YLD). The committee is responsible for organizing and implementing various projects and events which enhance law education. Some of the projects include the YLD’s involvement in Law Week and the Robert J. Simms High School Mock Trial Competition as well as organizing lawyer volunteers for the Great American Teach-In. From organizing classroom speakers, mock trials and courthouse tours to coordinating a Law Week Art Contest with the school district, the committee is focused on encouraging today’s students to consider a career in law.

No stranger to working with students, this committee is a great fit for Melanie. While attending law school at The George Washington University, she worked with J.D. Candidates on improving their legal writing as part of her role as a Writing Fellow and a Deans Fellow. She enjoyed working with the students and ultimately expanded her role to also assist them with tasks such as fine-tuning their resumes and cover letters.

“To this day, the professors within GWU Law’s writing department will ask me to assist students in areas of professional development as needed and it feels extremely rewarding to be able to give back,” explained Melanie. “Given my knack for helping students and individuals transition into the “real world” career wise, I thought the Law-Education Related Committee would be a good match and that I could contribute to making a difference.”

She added, “I would not be where I am today without the help of mentors, who were often recent graduates, giving me candid, constructive, and compassionate feedback and that is exactly what I hope to pay forward to the newer generations of legal minds.”