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St. Joseph's College, BS 1974,
Boston University, EdM 1978,
Northeastern University, JD 1987


Professor Drew retired from the Northeastern Law faculty in 2017. A registered nurse, she directed substance abuse treatment programs before attending law school. Following graduation, she practiced civil rights, consumer, housing and personal injury law in a general practice litigation firm and then worked as a solo practitioner doing civil appellate work.

Prior to returning to Northeastern, Professor Drew was an assistant professor at Elms College. She has published articles on legal issues in nursing, served on the editorial board of the Journal of Nursing Law and is the co-author of a text on legal issues for allied health professionals. Prior to her retirement, Professor Drew directed the law school’s Academic Success Program, coordinated the provision of disability services in the law school, and taught Professional Responsibility as well as Legal Interviewing and Counseling.

As part of her pro bono work, Professor Drew serves as a volunteer arbitrator for both the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation and the Massachusetts Bar Association's Fee Arbitration Board, and serves as a case conferencer for the Boston Bar Association/ Boston Municipal Court Alternative Dispute Resolution program. A long-time member of the National Lawyers Guild, Professor Drew trained law students to deliver street law clinics to community groups.

Melinda Drew

Melinda Drew