Melanie Reid

Melanie Reid
Assistant Professor of Law

B.A., University of Notre Dame
M.A., Middlebury College
J.D., University of Notre Dame Law School

Melanie Reid is an assistant professor of law at the Lincoln Memorial University Duncan School of Law. Prior to moving to Knoxville, Ms. Reid served as a U.S. Department of Justice trial attorney in the Drug Intelligence Unit of the Narcotics and Dangerous Drug Section and prior to that position, was a prosecutor in the Litigation Unit of NDDS in 2007. From 2001 to 2006, Ms. Reid served as Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of Florida in Miami where she prosecuted various federal firearm, drug, immigration, money laundering, violent crime, and fraud violations.

Ms. Reid has lectured on various topics, including prosecuting international narcotics trafficking cases, proactive investigations, federal wiretap and conspiracy laws, discovery obligations and prudential searches, advanced trial advocacy and evidentiary foundations, and evidentiary issues in international criminal cases. These lectures were sponsored by various agencies, including the DEA Office of International Training in Quantico, Virginia and in South America, the National Advocacy Center in South Carolina, the International Law Enforcement Academy in Budapest, Hungary, the Department of Justice in the District of Columbia, and the Regional Counterintelligence Working Group in the FBI Tampa Field Office. Ms. Reid has also written articles on the Classified Information Procedures Act, the role of intelligence and the use of intelligence-derived information in criminal prosecutions, irregular rendition, and the Lautenberg Amendment.

Prior to joining the Department of Justice, Ms. Reid served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Charles Wilson of the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Tampa, Florida. Ms. Reid graduated from the University of Notre Dame Law School in 2001. Prior to law school, Ms. Reid studied in Madrid, Spain and received her Masters in Spanish from Middlebury College. She received her undergraduate degree in Business and Spanish from the University of Notre Dame. Ms. Reid is a member of the Florida bar.


Crime and Punishment, A Global Concern: Who Does It Best and Does Isolation Really Work?Ky. L.J. (2014)

Grounding Drones: Big Brother’s Tool Box Needs Regulation Not EliminationRich. J.L. & Tech. (2014)

The Quagmire that Nobody in the Federal Government Wants to Talk About: Marijuana,New Mexico L. Rev. (2014)

United States v. Jones: Big Brother and the “Common Good” Versus the Fourth Amendment and your Right to PrivacyTenn. J.L. & Pol’y (2013)

West Africa, the EU’s Mexico: Extraditions and Drug Prosecutions in the EU could be the AnswerColum. J. Eur. L. (2013)

NSA and DEA Intelligence Sharing: Why It’s Legal and Why Reuters Got It Wrong,ExpressO (2014)

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