Melissa Racki joined Vermont Law School in 2019. She teaches Communications, Advocacy & Leadership, and Legislation & Regulation at Vermont Law School. She specializes in legal writing and analysis, and has worked as an Assistant Dean, Adjunct Professor, and Advisor in 14 years as a legal educator. She practiced as a plaintiff’s attorney in Florida, representing clients with Social Security Disability, ERISA, personal injury, and workers’ compensation claims. She specialized in Social Security and ERISA administrative hearings and appeals, and assisted in the preparation of the ERISA course outline and materials taught at Stetson University College of Law. She also worked as a Social Security law clerk for the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida, drafting orders, and reports and recommendations for eight U.S. magistrates. She graduated cum laude from Stetson University College of Law and earned her bachelor’s degree from University of Maryland – European Division.