Melanie Sandler

Staff Attorney

Melanie Sandler is a Staff Attorney in the Domestic Violence/Family Law Unit. She represents survivors of domestic violence in family law matters. She also represents clients in immigration matters.  Melanie is fluent in Spanish.

Prior to joining Legal Aid in 2021, Melanie spent two years representing survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault in divorce, child custody, child support, and protection order cases at Pine Tree Legal Assistance in Portland, Maine as the Frank M. Coffin Family Law Fellowship Attorney.

Melanie graduated with a B.A., magna cum laude, from Virginia Tech. She received her J.D. from George Mason University School of Law, where she received the Law School Pro Bono award. During her time in law school, she was active in school extracurriculars and held many internships in public interest law. She served as Research Editor of the Civil Rights Law Journal and competed in national Trial Advocacy and Moot Court competitions.

‡ Not yet admitted to the Bar of the District of Columbia, but admitted to practice law in another jurisdiction. Practicing law in the District of Columbia pursuant to D.C. Court of Appeals Rule 49(c)(9)(B) under the supervision of Legal Aid attorneys admitted to the D.C. Bar and in good standing.

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J.D., George Mason University School of Law
B.A., magna cum laude, Virginia Tech


Phone: (202) 921-3788
Fax: (202) 727-2132