Lincoln Memorial University

Professor Melanie Reid Receives Fulbright Award


Professor Melanie ReidHarrogate, Tennessee, May 31, 2017—Lincoln Memorial University Duncan School of Law (LMU Law) Professor Melanie Reid has been selected for a Fulbright Award by the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board and will travel to Riga, Latvia, in 2018 to teach at the University of Latvia.

"Professor Reid is a widely published expert in the field of criminal law. As a former federal prosecutor in the Justice Department, she distinguished herself as an advocate for the government before choosing a career in legal education. No one is more deserving for the Fulbright Scholarship," said Judge Gary Wade, LMU Law dean.

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. Government with the goal of increasing mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. Reid will join the ranks of distinguished participants that includes heads of state, judges, ambassadors, cabinet ministers, CEOs and university presidents, as well as leading journalists, artists, scientists and teachers. Among the distinguished Fulbright honorees are 58 Nobel Laureates, 82 Pulitzer Prize winners, 31 MacArthur Fellows, 16 Presidential Medal of Freedom recipients and thousands of leaders across the private, public and non-profit sectors. Since its inception in 1946, more than 370,000 scholars have participated in the Fulbright program.

Reid teaches criminal procedure, criminal practice, federal criminal law, torts, national security, conflict of laws and comparative law at LMU Law. She is widely published on fourth amendment privacy laws, comparative criminal procedure issues, marijuana, narcotics trafficking in West Africa and Mexico, the culture of mass incarceration, the impact of restitution on child pornography possession cases and law enforcement’s potential use of robots and drones. 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.

Prior to joining the LMU Law faculty, Reid served as a U.S. Department of Justice trial attorney in the Narcotics and Dangerous Drug Section (NDDS). She also has served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of Florida in Miami where she prosecuted various federal firearm, drug, immigration, money laundering, violent crime and fraud violations.

Prior to joining the Department of Justice, Reid served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Charles Wilson of the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Tampa, Florida. Reid graduated from the University of Notre Dame Law School in 2001. She studied in Madrid, Spain, and received a Master’s in Spanish from Middlebury College. Reid received her undergraduate degree in business and Spanish from the University of Notre Dame. She is a member of the Florida bar.

The Lincoln Memorial University Duncan School of Law is located in Knoxville’s Historic Old City Hall Building. LMU-DSOL is an integral part of LMU’s values-based learning community, and is dedicated to preparing the next generation of lawyers to provide sound legal service in the often underserved region of Appalachia and beyond. For more information about LMU-DSOL, call 1-800-325-0900, ext. 5303 or visit us online at  


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