Melissa Gibson Swain

Associate Director, Health Rights Clinic & Lecturer in Law

Social Justice/Public Interest Concentration Affiliated Faculty
J.D., 2006, University of Miami School of Law
B.A., 1998, College of the Holy Cross

Phone: (305)284-1539
Office: F303A

Melissa Swain earned a B.A. in 1998 from College of the Holy Cross and a J.D. in 2006 from the University of Miami School of Law.

Prior to returning to the University of Miami School of Law to work in the Health Rights Clinic, she was the Public Benefits Staff Attorney at Florida Immigrant Advocacy Center in Miami.

Prior to law school, she worked as a community organizer with Americorps and a paralegal with Greater Boston Legal Services. She is the author of Helping Haiti in the Wake of Disaster: Law Students as First Responders (with JoNel Newman), 6 Inter. Hum. Rights L. Rev. 133 (2011).


Theater and Revolution in Clinical Legal Education, with JoNel Newman, Fergus Lawrie, Donald Nicolson, 26 Clinical L. Rev. 465 (2020).

 News / Media

Professor JoNel Newman and Melissa Swain discuss the Health Rights Clinic in "UM offers dual medical-legal degree program" in the Miami Herald.

Phone: (305)284-1539
Office: F303A
Faculty Assistant

GARCIA, Barbara

Faculty Assistant


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