Melissa Madan first became interested in the legal system during her time as a legal assistant at the Law Offices of Gary A. Farrell, Esq. Melissa also worked as the assistant to the former President of the Kings County Criminal Bar Association. Melissa received her Associates Degree in Paralegal Studies from the Technical Career Institute in Manhattan. Melissa joined The Bronx Defenders as a temporary receptionist in September of 2010, and was then hired as the full time receptionist several months later. In August 2011, Melissa transitioned into her current role as a Parent Advocate with the Family Defense Practice. She also helped organize and co-leads The Bronx Defenders Parent Support Group.