Professor Melanie Reid is a Professor at Lincoln Memorial University Duncan School of Law in Knoxville, Tennessee. She teaches and writes in the area of criminal procedure, comparative law, federal criminal law, and national security. Professor Reid holds a J.D. from the University of Notre Dame and a M.A. in Spanish from Middlebury College. Prior to teaching, she was a trial attorney in the narcotics section at the U.S. Department of Justice and an Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of Florida. She is also a former law clerk for Judge Charles Wilson of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.
Professor Reid has lectured on various topics, including prosecuting international narcotics trafficking cases, proactive investigations, asset forfeiture, federal wiretap and conspiracy laws, discovery obligations and prudential searches, advanced trial advocacy and evidentiary foundations, and evidentiary issues in international criminal cases. These lectures were sponsored by various agencies, including the DEA Office of International Training in Quantico, Virginia and in South America, the National Advocacy Center in South Carolina, the International Law Enforcement Academy in Budapest, Hungary, the Department of Justice in the District of Columbia, and the Regional Counterintelligence Working Group in the FBI Tampa Field Office. Professor Reid has also presented and written articles on drones, marijuana, narcotics trafficking in West Africa and Mexico, the culture of mass incarceration, the impact of restitution on child pornography possession cases, changes to the Classified Information Procedures Act, the role of intelligence and the use of intelligence-derived information in criminal prosecutions, the national security impact of the Snowden disclosures, irregular rendition, and the global perspective on crime and punishment.