Professor of Lawyering Skills Melissa Brown has devoted her entire career to advocating for the rights of the elderly and the disabled. Beginning in college and throughout law school, she worked in legal aid programs. Later, as a practicing attorney, she continued to represent elder, injured and disabled clients. For private clients at her firm, Fraulob • Brown, she has litigated cases in state and federal administrative law courts, state trial and appellate courts and Federal District and Appellate Courts.
Listed among “Sacramento’s 40 Top Lawyers” from The Best Lawyers in America for more than ten years, and featured in Sacramento Magazine, Los Angeles Daily Journal and the Daily Recorder, Professor Brown has lectured extensively and provided legislative testimony and recommendations on behalf of injured workers, and the aging and disabled. This advocacy work has contributed to the development of the probate court’s investigator system, nursing home citation system, durable powers of attorney, alternative dispute resolution statutes and Medicare supplemental insurance protection for consumers.
Professor Brown’s book, Advising the Elderly or Disabled Client, with co-author Lawrence Frolik, is used by attorneys and law students as a desk reference and elder law guide. Advising the Elderly or Disabled Client, Warren, Gorham & Lamont, 1992, ISBN 0-7811-0028 3, Library of Congress Card Catalog No. 91066903, and semiannual supplements.
At McGeorge School of Law, Professor Brown teaches Elder Law & Social Policy, is the Director of the McGeorge Legal Clinics, and supervises the Elder & Health Law Clinic. She serves as the faculty advisor for the McGeorge Health Law Association and is the Co-Director of the law school’s Health Law Certificate of Concentration.