Melissa G. Stirba has worked at the Salt Lake Legal Defender Association since 2013. She started as a law clerk in the firm’s appellate section during law school and is currently an attorney in firm’s trial section. She regularly practices in justice and district courts in Salt Lake County.
Before joining LDA, Melissa studied philosophy at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine and the University of Exeter in Exeter, UK. After college, she worked as a trial paralegal for a firm in Salt Lake City, Utah, handling pretrial and trial-related matters in both criminal and civil cases.
Melissa attended the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law and graduated with honors in 2014. During law school, she interned for the Hon. David Nuffer in the United States District Court for the District of Utah and for the Hon. J. Frederic Voros in the Utah Court of Appeals. Melissa also completed a year-long internship for the Federal Defenders for the District of Utah where she worked on federal misdemeanor and felony cases.
In law school Melissa was a William H. Leary Scholar, she earned CALI awards in Pretrial Practice and Adoption Law, Outstanding Achievement awards in Preparing Witnesses for Direct and Cross-Examination and Juvenile Court Law, she earned a pro bono certificate for volunteer hours, and she was a recipient of the David T. Lewis Award for Achievement in the Clinical Program.
Outside of work, Melissa is an avid reader of low-brow fiction. Melissa also likes to travel and especially enjoys a good road trip. She is only a couple away from having visited all 50 states.