Melanie Reid

Melanie Reid Faculty Photo - Melanie Reid

Associate Dean of Faculty & Professor of Law
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J.D., University of Notre Dame Law School
M.A., Middlebury College
B.A., University of Notre Dame

Courses Taught: Criminal Procedure, Criminal Law, Criminal Practice, Federal Criminal Law, Torts, National Security, Conflict of Laws, Admission through Performance, Academic Success I, Comparative Law

Melanie Reid is the Associate Dean of Faculty and a Professor of Law. Prior to joining LMU Law, Professor Reid was a trial attorney in the Narcotics and Dangerous Drug Section at the U.S. Department of Justice as well as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of Florida. She is a former law clerk for Judge Charles Wilson of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit and a member of the Florida Bar.

Reid has lectured on various topics, including prosecuting international narcotics trafficking cases, proactive investigations, asset forfeiture, federal wiretap and conspiracy laws, discovery obligations and prudential searches, advanced trial advocacy and evidentiary foundations, and evidentiary issues in international criminal cases. These lectures were sponsored by various agencies, including the DEA Office of International Training in Quantico, Virginia and in South America, the National Advocacy Center in South Carolina, the International Law Enforcement Academy in Budapest, Hungary, the Department of Justice in the District of Columbia, and the Regional Counterintelligence Working Group in the FBI Tampa Field Office. Reid has also lectured at the National Forensic Academy in Oak Ridge, Tennessee.

In 2016, Reid was a guest lecturer at Liaocheng University, Shandong Province in China and discussed select topics on constitutional law, comparative law, and criminal procedure and evidence. Reid received a Fulbright U.S. Scholar grant to teach U.S. criminal law and procedure at the University of Latvia Faculty of Law in Riga, Latvia in 2018.

Reid has also presented and written articles on robo-cops, economic espionage, drones, marijuana, narcotics trafficking in West Africa and Mexico, the culture of mass incarceration, the impact of restitution on child pornography possession cases, changes to the Classified Information Procedures Act, the role of intelligence and the use of intelligence-derived information in criminal prosecutions, the national security impact of the Snowden disclosures, irregular rendition, and the global perspective on crime and punishment.



Rethinking the Fourth Amendment in the Age of Supercomputers, Artificial Intelligence, and Robots, 119 W. Va. L. Rev. 863 (Spring 2017).

A Comparative Approach to Economic Espionage: Is any nation effectively dealing with this global threat?, 70 U. Miami L. Rev. 757 (2016).

The Culture of Mass Incarceration: Why “locking them up and throwing away the key” Isn’t Working and How Prison Conditions Can Be Improved, U. Md. L.J. Race Relig. Gender & Class (Spring 2016)

NSA and DEA Intelligence Sharing: Why It’s Legal and Why Reuters and the Good Wife Got It Wrong, 68 SMU L. Rev. 101 (Summer 2015)

Government secrets: the Public’s Misconceptions of the Snowden Disclosures, LMU DSOL L. Rev., symposium edition (2015)

Crime and Punishment, A Global Concern: Who Does It Best and Does Isolation Really Work?, Ky. L.J. (2014)

Grounding Drones: Big Brother’s Tool Box Needs Regulation, Not Elimination, Rich. J.L. & Tech. (2014)

The Quagmire that Nobody in the Federal Government Wants to Talk About: Marijuana, New Mexico L. Rev. (2014)

United States v. Jones: Big Brother and the “Common Good” Versus the Fourth Amendment and your Right to Privacy, Tenn. J.L. & Pol’y (2013)

West Africa, the EU’s Mexico: Extraditions and Drug Prosecutions in the EU could be the Answer, Colum. J. Eur. L. (2013)

Mexico’s Crisis: When There’s a Will, There’s a Way, 37 Okla. City U. L. Rev. 397 (Fall 2012)

When Does Restitution Become Retribution?, 64 Okla. L. Rev. 653 (Summer 2012) (with Judge Curtis Collier)

Secrets Behind Secrets: Disclosure of Classified Information Before and During Trial and Why CIPA Should be Revamped, 35 Seton Hall Legis. J. 272 (2011)

Kidnapped Terrorists: Bringing International Criminals to Justice through Irregular Rendition and Other Quasi-legal Options, 26 J. Legis. 315 (2000) (note)