Beth Mellen is a Supervising Attorney in the Housing Law Unit and the Director of Legal Aid’s Eviction Defense Project. Beth represents clients in complex affirmative and defensive landlord-tenant matters in D.C. Superior Court and the D.C. Court of Appeals. She also litigates claims before administrative bodies, such as the D.C. Housing Authority and the Office of Administrative Hearings. Beth supervises Staff Attorneys, Fellows, and Loaned Associates in the Housing Law Unit. She also is active in policy advocacy at the D.C. Council and with several District agencies and is a member of the D.C. Superior Court Landlord and Tenant Advisory Rules Subcommittee.
Prior to joining Legal Aid in September 2005, Beth was the Francis D. Murnaghan, Jr. Appellate Advocacy Fellow with the Public Justice Center in Baltimore, working on state and federal appellate cases involving civil rights and poverty law. She also clerked for the Honorable Catherine C. Blake of the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland.
Beth received her B.A., summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, from Wellesley College, and her J.D., magna cum laude, from Harvard Law School. While in law school, she served as editor of the Harvard Journal on Legislation and won Best Team in the 91st Annual Ames Moot Court Competition. In September 2015, Beth was named by the National Law Journal as one of D.C.’s “Rising Stars” in its article recognizing 40 attorneys under 40. Beth also is a recipient of the National Housing Law Project’s 2017 Housing Justice Award, recognizing attorneys who are “fearlessly and successfully tackling the systemic and often hostile obstacles that stand in the way of safe, decent and affordable housing for low-income and marginalized people.”
Beth serves as Chair of the Board of Trustees for Beacon House, a nonprofit, community-based organization that provides academic support, mentoring, and athletic programs to school-age children in the Edgewood Commons affordable housing community in Ward 5. She also is Co-Chair of the Board of Trustees for the Francis D. Murnaghan, Jr. Appellate Advocacy Fellowship. During the 2017-2018 academic year, Beth served as a Wasserstein Public Interest Fellow at Harvard Law School.
J.D., magna cum laude, Harvard Law School
Harvard Journal on Legislation, Editor
B.A., summa cum laude, Wellesley College
Phi Beta Kappa
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