Madison Mélon-McLawhorn currently works as an Assistant Public Defender in Oklahoma County. She joined the office in 2015, after interning with the office both summers during law school. She currently works in Drug/DUI and Mental Health Court, helping her clients avoid prison sentences. Mélon-McLawhorn provides both legal and case management services to over 500 clients. She truly believes in the programs and their ability to give criminal defendants a chance to lift themselves out of the system, often times for the first time in their adult lives.
Mélon-McLawhorn is a 2015 graduate from Georgetown University Law Center. While at Georgetown, she participated in the Criminal Defense and Prisoner Advocacy Clinic. Under the supervision of Abbe Smith, she represented misdemeanant clients in Washington, D.C. Superior Court and in front of the U.S. Parole Commission. She received the 2L Public Service Award for working with Advocates Against Sexual Violence and for leading the Wrongful Convictions Committee. She also worked with the Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth and the Washington Lawyers’ Committee DC Prisoners’ Project.
Prior to her law school career in Washington, D.C. Mélon-McLawhorn worked for Congressman Dan Boren before his retirement. She started in his office as a Ewing Fellow from the University of Oklahoma in the summer of 2011, returning in 2012 to serve as his staff assistant.
Mélon-McLawhorn is a 2011 Phi Beta Kappa graduate from the University of Oklahoma, receiving a bachelor’s degree in Women’s and Gender Studies. During her time at OU she was on a team of students that founded The Oklahoma Group, a nonprofit consulting firm partnering OU students with nonprofits in the community.
She serves as the board chair for Generation Citizen, as a N.E.W. Leadership champion, and as the secretary for YP4Kids. She also teaches a GED class for Drug Court participants. She lives in OKC with her husband, a fellow lawyer, and three cats.