Family, Estate, & Criminal Law in Laredo, TX


Real Estate Lawyer, Wills Lawyer, Contract Lawyer


CERTIFICATIONS:

  • Texas Bar License, November 6, 2003
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas Federal License, February 6, 2004
  • Basic Mediation Certificate, March 25, 2012
  • Advanced Family-Divorce-Child Custody Mediation Certificate, July 18, 2012

EDUCATION:

  • Texas A&M
  • New England School of Law, Boston, Massachusetts Juris Doctor, May 2001

HONORS:

  • Charles Hamilton Houston Enrichment Program Honor Society (1999-2000)
  • New England Journal on Criminal and Civil Confinement - Associate Staff Member (1999-200); Editor (2000-2001)
  • Women’s Law Caucus Honorary Woman Achiever (1999-2000)
  • Dean’s List (Fall 1998-Spring/Fall 1999, Spring 2001)

ORGANIZATIONS:

  • Massachusetts Association of Hispanic Attorneys, Member (2000-2001)
  • Latin American Law Students Association, Vice President (1999-2000); Mentor (1999-2001)
  • Women’s Law Caucus, member (1998-1999); Mentor (1999-2000)
  • Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, December 1997

WORK EXPERIENCE:

  • Law Office Of Melissa Saldana PC, Attorney/Mediator/Owner, Laredo, Texas, February 2012-present..
  • Webb & Zapata Counties, Assistant District Attorney, Laredo, Texas, January 2008 to February 2012.
  • Assistant City Attorney, City of Laredo, Laredo, Texas, November 2004 to January 2008.
  • Attorney, Law Office of Eduardo Jaime, Laredo, Texas, April 2004 to November 2004.
  • Alexander High School, Science Teacher, Laredo, Texas, August 2002 to August 2004.
  • Lopez, Peterson & Benavides, P.L.L.C., Law Clerk, Laredo, Texas, September 2001 to May 2002.
  • New Boston Fund (Greater Boston Real Estate Board), Legal Intern, Boston, Massachusetts, July 2000 to August 2000.

LANGUAGES:
English and Spanish

SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

  • “Estate Planning/Probate, Real Estate, and Contracts”, Inspire Social Business Club, April 10, 2014. Laredo, Texas.
  • 9-1-1 Training (Legal Issues) – Laredo Police Department, 2004-2008. Laredo, Texas.
  • “How to Protect Your State from State Wide Franchise Laws – Lessons Learned”, National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors Annual Conference, Selected as moderator for October 4, 2007. Portland, Oregon.   
  • “Local Regulation of Sex Offenders”, Texas City Attorneys Association Semi-Annual Meeting, October 26, 2006. Austin, Texas.
  • “Local Government Regulation of Sex Offenders: Balancing Community Safety and Offenders’ Rights”, International Municipal Lawyers Association Teleconference, December 6, 2005.
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