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Melissa Kidder

Director of Legal Clinics and Assistant Professor of Law
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Melissa Kidder graduated from Ohio Northern University in 2005 with a BFA and degrees in musical theatre and criminal justice. Rather than going to NYC, she decided to go to law school and graduated from the Pettit College of Law in 2008. She began her law career as a staff attorney at the Ohio 3rd District Court of Appeals working for Judge Vernon Preston and then came to ONU as assistant director of academic support. Having an opportunity to practice law, she went to work for Eastman & Smith Ltd. as an associate attorney in the estate-planning section. She was thrilled to have the opportunity to return to ONU as director of legal research and writing, and now serves as the director of legal clinics and assistant professor of law.


Ohio Northern University, B.F.A. (2005)
Ohio Northern University, J.D., with high distinction (2008)

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Teaching Interests: 

Legal Writing, Legal Research, and Legal Analysis

Faculty Activities
  • Comment: Human DNA v. Non-Human DNA: A Look at the General Admissibility of Non-Human DNA in the Courts, 35 Ohio N.U. L. Rev. 397, 397-423 (2009).
  • Ohio Review: State v. Sanchez, 33 Ohio N.U. L. Rev. 1174, 1174-81 (2007).
  • Case Note: Ayotte v. Planned Parenthood of Northern New England, 33 Ohio N.U. L. Rev. 731, 731-42 (2007).


2012-2013 Ohio Northern Pettit College of Law Teaching in Excellence Award

Black Swamp Players 2015 Lenhart Service Award

Ohio State Bar Foundation 2015-2016 Community Service Award for Attorneys Under 40



Hancock County Leadership Program Class of 2015

Hancock County Humane Society Foundation Board

    Member since 2014

    President 2015-current

Black Swamp Players Community Theatre Board

   Trustee since 2010

   Past President

   Current Secretary

Findlay-Hancock County Bar Association

   Member since 2009

   Chair of Educational Law-Related Committee, 5 years

Hancock County Legal Education Foundation, Member

Ohio State Bar Association, Member