Profile of Melanie Acuña, Esq.
Melanie Acuña is the Legal Services Project Manager with the Foundation for Financial Education.
Melanie is a New Jersey native, but has lived in Washington, D.C. for over 13 years. She received her bachelor’s degree in Communications with a minor in Political Science from Regis College in Massachusetts and earned her Juris Doctorate from the University of the District of Columbia – David A. Clarke School of Law (UDC-DCSL). During her time at UDC-DCSL, Melanie was a Dean’s Fellow, President of the Student Bar Association, and an active member in Law Review, the Latino Law Student Association, and the Black Law Student Association.
After law school graduation, Melanie was a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Sean D. Wallace in Prince George’s County Circuit Court. Most recently, Melanie worked at the Office of the Public Defender for Montgomery County. She has over 6 years of experience representing indigent clients in both District and Circuit Court where she has handled serious traffic offenses, misdemeanors, felonies, and violations of probation. Melanie has had hundreds of bench trials and over 20 jury trials. Melanie is fluent in Spanish and on her free time enjoys to volunteer at her local church, travel, and continue explore all that D.C. has to offer.