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Melody Webb runs this site.


In 2007, Melody Webb worked as Legislative Counsel to Senator Bob Casey (D-PA.), working in the areas of affordable housing, labor, education and judiciary.   She is currently working on election law and other issues with the legal department of the SEIU.

Melody Webb graduated from Harvard College magna cum laude in 1990 and received her law degree from Harvard Law School in 1993. A native of Washington, D.C. and a graduate of the city's public schools (John Tyler ES, Cluster-Hobson MS, and Banneker HS), she interned with Verner Liipfert, Bernhard McPherson and Hand in 1991 and in the office of U.S. Senator Edward Kennedy in 1992.  Melody clerked in the D.C. Court of Appeals for Judge Emmet Sullivan, now of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. 

As director, she performed grass-roots organizing and advocacy for at-risk youth through a project funded by the National Association of Public Interest Law (now Equal Justice Works), the law firm of Crowell & Moring, and the Butler Family Fund. At the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless, she performed direct legal services and systemic reform work, including advocacy on the D.C. budget before D.C. Congressional oversight committees.

Melody also directs the sister site of Lobbyline -  SecureMom, a web-based effort to organize mothers and other family caregivers to advocate for legislation that would provide Social Security retirement credits for the unpaid and low paid care of children and family members, work often performed by women and especially by mothers.

As an at-home mothers, Melody  remained active as a pro bono advocate on special education issues, public education reform, and has served on numerous boards concerned with governance and public interest issues.

Since launching Lobbyline in late 2002, Melody was recognized for her advocacy work by Senator Edward Kennedy and Lobbyline has served as a resource on the Washington Post's website's education page on vouchers.  She has appeared as a guest on the national public radio program, the Diane Rehm Show and has presented on the nationally syndicated Radio One Mark Thompson show.   In addition to being featured on Swedish public television regarding D.C.'s lead-in-water issue, she has made guest appearances on numerous local radio and television news shows as an advocate for public education in the District of Columbia.

See press clips relating to Melody Webb's work.



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