McGeorge School of Law

Melissa Brown

Director, Legal Clinics, Professor of Lawyering Skills
Melissa Brown
Phone: 916.340.6080
Office Hours
Monday from 1:30 p.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Wednesday from 9:30 a.m. to noon, and Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.


BA, California State University, Chico
JD, Loyola of Los Angeles


Professor of Lawyering Skills Melissa Brown has devoted her entire career to advocating for the rights of the elderly and the disabled. Beginning in college and throughout law school, she worked in legal aid programs. Later, as a practicing attorney, she continued to represent elder, injured and disabled clients. For private clients at her firm, Fraulob • Brown, she has litigated cases in state and federal administrative law courts, state trial and appellate courts and Federal District and Appellate Courts.

Listed among "Sacramento's 40 Top Lawyers" from The Best Lawyers in America for more than ten years, and featured in Sacramento Magazine, Los Angeles Daily Journal and the Daily Recorder, Professor Brown has lectured extensively and provided legislative testimony and recommendations on behalf of injured workers, and the aging and disabled. This advocacy work has contributed to the development of the probate court's investigator system, nursing home citation system, durable powers of attorney, alternative dispute resolution statutes and Medicare supplemental insurance protection for consumers.

Professor Brown's book, Advising the Elderly or Disabled Client, with co-author Lawrence Frolik, is used by attorneys and law students as a desk reference and elder law guide. Advising the Elderly or Disabled Client, Warren, Gorham & Lamont, 1992, ISBN 0-7811-0028 3, Library of Congress Card Catalog No. 91066903, and semiannual supplements.

At McGeorge School of Law, Professor Brown teaches Elder Law & Social Policy, is the Director of the McGeorge Legal Clinics, and supervises the Elder & Health Law Clinic. She serves as the faculty advisor for the McGeorge Health Law Association and is the Co-Director of the law school's Health Law Certificate of Concentration.

Professor Brown's students are involved in direct representation of clients, including court room advocacy. Her Elder & Health Law students also participate in a unique and innovative interdisciplinary class with UC Davis third-year medical students, where they explore medical and legal issues addressing mutual professional, ethical and legal issues.

Professor Brown has produced film, video and written material for attorneys and lay advocates for the elderly and disabled in the states of Alaska, Arkansas, California and Texas, and for such organizations as the American Association of Retired Persons, the Presbyterian Church, the American Bar Association, the State Bar of California, and the California Continuing Education of the Bar.

She has served as an expert witness for the NFL Players Association regarding injury claims, and as an arbitrator and mediator for collective bargaining agreements dealing with work injuries. She is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, and a board member of the International Association for Indigenous Aging. Professor Brown also serves on the editorial board of Lexis-Nexis.


Elder and Health Law Clinic

Elder Law and Social Policy

Scholarship/Professional Activities

Advising the Elderly or Disabled Client (with Lawrence A. Frolik, Warren Gorham & Lamont 2d ed. 2004 - ) (also available electronically by Thomson Reuters/RIA Group).

Advising the Elderly or Disabled Client, Thomson Reuters/Warren, Gorham & Lamont. (1992)