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Ada Meloy

Ada Meloy

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

Specialization: Legal issues in higher education, academic freedom, admissions, discrimination issues, tenure, university governance

Since her arrival at ACE in 2007, Ada Meloy has 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 has been featured as an expert on issues related to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and other concerns arising from campus violence. Meloy has 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 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 has 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 is a member of both the New York and District of Columbia bars as well as the bars of various federal courts, and has been a member of the bar Committee on Professional Ethics and the Disciplinary Committee for New York attorneys.

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