Melissa  Romero
 

Melissa Romero helps clients develop and implement litigation and trial strategies in complex civil disputes. Before joining WTO, she was a law clerk to The Honorable Christine M. Arguello of the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado and The Honorable Terry Fox of the Colorado Court of Appeals. Melissa graduated from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law where she received a full-tuition Chancellor’s Scholarship and served as the Executive Board Articles Editor of the Denver University Law Review. She also received numerous honors and awards during law school, including the Reese Persuasive Writing Award, the Hartje Objective Writing Award, and several Scholastic Excellence Awards, which are given to the top law student in each class.

Other Experience

Fluent Spanish speaker 
Civil Litigation Clinic, Student Attorney
Rocky Mountain Children’s Law Center 
     Bilingual Legal and Social Work Intern
Jefferson County Office of the Public Defender, Social Work Intern
Colorado Succeeds, Education Policy Intern

Legal Memberships, Activities, and Honors

Spanish Speaking Lawyers’ Committee of the Colorado Bar Association 
     Immediate Past Vice Chair, Member
Colorado Women’s Bar Association, Member
Colorado Hispanic Bar Association, Member
Our Courts Hispanic Outreach Committee 
     Member and Volunteer Presenter
Project Safeguard Legal Clinics, Interpreter
Legal Nights at Mi Casa Legal Resource Center, Interpreter

Teaching Positions

DU Graduate School of Social Work
     Adjunct Professor, The Law of Family and Child, 2015-present 
Allen Elementary School in Austin, TX
     Bilingual Third Grade Teacher

Personal Interests

Camping, long-distance running, urban farming, Motown, blues, home improvement.


Bar and Court Admissions
  • Colorado
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
Other Experience

Fluent Spanish speaker 
Civil Litigation Clinic, Student Attorney
Rocky Mountain Children’s Law Center 
     Bilingual Legal and Social Work Intern
Jefferson County Office of the Public Defender, Social Work Intern
Colorado Succeeds, Education Policy Intern

Teaching Positions

DU Graduate School of Social Work
     Adjunct Professor, The Law of Family and Child, 2015-present 
Allen Elementary School in Austin, TX
     Bilingual Third Grade Teacher

Legal Memberships, Activities, and Honors

Spanish Speaking Lawyers’ Committee of the Colorado Bar Association 
     Immediate Past Vice Chair, Member
Colorado Women’s Bar Association, Member
Colorado Hispanic Bar Association, Member
Our Courts Hispanic Outreach Committee 
     Member and Volunteer Presenter
Project Safeguard Legal Clinics, Interpreter
Legal Nights at Mi Casa Legal Resource Center, Interpreter

Government Service

Law Clerk to The Honorable Christine M. Arguello of the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado

Appellate Law Clerk to The Honorable Terry Fox of the Colorado Court of Appeals

Judicial Intern to The Honorable David Furman of the Colorado Court of Appeals

Judicial Intern to The Honorable Angela Arkin, 18th Judicial District (retired)
 

Personal Interests

Camping, long-distance running, urban farming, Motown, blues, home improvement.

Articles/Presentations
  • Co-author, "The Use of Court Appointed Experts and Masters in Civil Cases," 46 Colo. Law. 1 (January 2017).
  • "Making Space for Cultural Differences in Child Welfare," 38 NACC: Guardian 6 (August 2016).
  • "Connick v. Thompson: Forsaking Constitutional Due Process for Fear of Flooding Litigation and Loss of Municipal Autonomy," 89 DENV. U.L. REV. 771 (2012).
Education
  • University of Denver Sturm College of Law, J.D., 2014, Denver University Law Review, Executive Board Articles Editor
  • University of Denver, 2014, Masters of Social Work
  • Colorado College, B.A., 2006, Philosophy; Minor, Spanish, cum laude
Government Service

Law Clerk to The Honorable Christine M. Arguello of the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado

Appellate Law Clerk to The Honorable Terry Fox of the Colorado Court of Appeals

Judicial Intern to The Honorable David Furman of the Colorado Court of Appeals

Judicial Intern to The Honorable Angela Arkin, 18th Judicial District (retired)
 

Bar and Court Admissions
  • Colorado
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado