Skip Navigation

Melanie Snyder: School of Humanities and Social Sciences Faculty

Melanie Snyder , J.D.

Professor of Law
Legal Studies | School of Humanities and Social Sciences
Melanie Snyder
Office Location

Wooded Way 109

Owings Mills Campus

Campus Map
Learn More

Member of:

American Association for Paralegal Education

Maryland and District of Columbia Bars

Maryland State Bar Association


J.D. University of Baltimore School of Law, Baltimore, Maryland, 1996, Magna Cum Laude.

B.A. English. Miami University, Oxford, Ohio. 1992.

Professional Experience

Teaching Experience

Stevenson UniversityOwings Mills, Maryland

Professor, Legal Studies, spring 2011-present

Associate Professor, Legal Studies, spring 2008-spring 2011

Assistant Professor, Legal Studies, fall 2002-spring 2008

Adjunct Professor, Legal Studies, fall 2000-fall 2002

University of Maryland School of Law, Baltimore, Maryland

Adjunct Professor, Written and Oral Advocacy, spring 2012-present

Related Professional Experience

Lerch, Early & Brewer, Chartered  Bethesda, Maryland

Associate, Litigation & Employment Divisions, August 1997-August 2000

Supervised and assisted litigation and employment law paralegals. Litigated cases in the areas of employment law, corporate law, family law, tort law, real estate law, and trusts and estates. Researched and drafted memorandum, briefs and motions. Attended and participated in depositions, hearings, pre-trial conferences and trials.


Publications and Presentations

  • Speaker, 30 Cool Things You Can Do in Class Right Now 2.0! AAfPE National Conference, Alburquerque, New Mexico, October 2017
  • Speaker, 30 Cool Things You Can Do in Class Right Now! AAfPE National Conference, San Antonio, Texas, October 2016
  • Teaching Competition, AAfPE National Conference, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, October 2015
  • Speaker, Legal Writing in the Digital Age, AAfPE National Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada, October 2014
  • Moderator and Panelist, Peer Review and Grading Issues, AAfPE National Conference, Indianapolis, Indiana, October 2010
  • Panelist, Developing and Documenting Blended/Hybrid Legal Specialty Courses, AAfPE National Conference, Indianapolis, Indiana, October 2010
  • Panelist, Sect & Secularity: The Propriety of Public Prayer, Stevenson University, November 2010
  • Panelist, WOW! Graduate School, Stevenson University, March 2009
  • Panelist, ALWD v. The Bluebook, AAfPE National Conference, Baltimore, Maryland, October 2007
  • Panelist, Using Technology in the Classroom, AAfPE National Conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico, October 2005
  • Author: “Paralegals: A Litigator’s Untapped Resource,” Maryland State Bar Assoc. Bar Bulletin (Jan. 2003)


Business Law

Business Writing

Civil Litigation and Pleading

Constitutional Law

Contract Law

Employment Law


Introduction to Legal Studies

Legal Research and Writing

LSAT Preparation

Mock Trial

Mock Trial Competition Team

Problems in Litigation

Senior Seminar

Tort Law

Written and Oral Advocacy


Committee Work

Member, Academic Affairs Committee, fall 2015-present

Member, Library Committee, spring 2008-present

Member & Chair, Faculty Mentoring Committees, fall 2014-present

Member, Curricular Development Committee, fall 2017-present

Member, Self-Study Steering Committee, fall 2016-spring 2018

Member, Promotions Committee, spring 2014

Member, Task Force for Restructuring Core Curriculum, spring 2013-spring 2014

Chair, Student Services Committee of Faculty Council, spring 2008-2014

Member, Faculty Council, spring 2008-spring 2010

Member, Honors Committee, fall 2009-present

Other University Service

University mock trial coach (and sponsor of the 2018 and 2019 American Mock Trial Association Regional Tournaments), fall 2011-present

University pre-law advisor, spring 2002-present

University Westlaw representative, fall 2005-present

Pass Mentor, fall 2002-present

BS to MS Advisor, fall 2009-present

Developed first mock trial team on campus, fall 2011

Honors and Awards

University of Maryland School of Law Adjunct Professor of the Year, spring 2016

Brown School of Business and Leadership Dean’s Award for Outstanding Student Leadership, spring 2010, spring 2013, spring 2014, 2016

Rose Dawson Excellence in Teaching Award for a Full-Time Faculty Member, spring 2011

Commencement Speaker, December 2011

Brown School of Business and Leadership Dean’s Award for Outstanding Student Leadership, spring 2010

Selected by graduating class to speak at Baccalaureate Ceremony, spring 2004  

Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers

DISCLAIMER: The content of this faculty profile page was created, authored, and published by the identified faculty member. Stevenson University (SU) makes absolutely no guarantee as to the currency, accuracy, or quality of information published. The views and opinions expressed on this page or any links made available are strictly those of the author and do not necessarily state or reflect those of SU. The content of this profile page has not been reviewed or approved by Stevenson University.

Request Info Visit Apply