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Ada Meloy

December 30, 1899


General Counsel, Office of the General Counsel, Division of Government and Public Affairs

Note: Ada passed away on Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014. Click here to read ACE President Molly Corbett Broad's remembrance of our friend and colleague.

During her eight years at ACE, Ada Meloy focused on a wide range of legal issues in higher education including ethical and conflict issues faced by institutions and their faculty, staff and administrators. She was featured as an expert on issues related to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and other concerns arising from campus violence. Meloy led numerous amicus briefs in the appellate courts on issues of importance to higher education, and served as ACE's representative on the Higher Education Coalition for Patent Reform that resulted in passage of the America Invents Act.

Meloy joined ACE in 2007 after a distinguished 28-year career at New York University’s Office of Legal Counsel. She served as deputy general counsel for over 10 years and as acting general counsel for NYU in 2005-06, handling a wide range of legal matters including academic disputes, discrimination issues, tenure, grievance and discipline matters, and intellectual property litigations. Prior to joining NYU, she was an associate at the New York law firm of Cahill Gordon & Reindel.

Meloy served extensively on committees for the National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA). She also has spoken at NACUA conferences as well as conferences for the Council of Graduate Schools and the Community College Conference on Legal Issues. In 2010, Meloy was appointed to the American Bar Association Section of Legal Education Accreditation Committee, which reviews accreditation of law schools. She was a member of both the New York and District of Columbia bars as well as the bars of various federal courts, and was a member of the bar Committee on Professional Ethics and the Disciplinary Committee for New York attorneys.

Meloy was a graduate of Wellesley College (MA), where she was a Wellesley Scholar. She earned her JD from the NYU School of Law in 1973.

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