Term: 2017 - 2025
Brookfield, IL 60513
Michael G. Melendez received his B.A. from the University of Chicago and his J.D. from the University of Iowa. Currently, Michael serves as an in-house attorney for the University of Illinois System and has been with the University for over 7 years. In September 2017, Michael was named the Assistant Campus Legal Counsel, where he helps manage the Chicago legal office. Michael is a member of the National Association of College and University Attorneys and serves on the Association’s Strategic Planning Committee. He currently serves on the University’s Chicago campus Compliance Committee and is a member of its student response team, which is part of the University threat assessment program.
Before attending law school, Michael taught U.S. History and World Studies to high school students at Farragut Career Academy in Chicago, where he also helped coach soccer and baseball. During law school, he interned with the Chicago Public Schools, working on student disciplinary issues and conducting research in the area of constitutional law. After law school, he held the title of Associate University Counsel, and his responsibilities included managing a significant portion of the Chicago based litigation and advising on matters relating to: student issues, including Title IX; first amendment, and other constitutional concerns; FOIA, FERPA, and OMA; intercollegiate athletics; real estate and other transactional matters. Michael began his legal career as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Illinois.
Prior to joining the University of Illinois, Michael worked on his own and specialized in civil and criminal defense litigation. While in private practice, he also did work for the Chicago Public Schools, serving first as a hearing officer for various administrative proceedings and then in the External Relations Office, where he helped train over 100 local school councils on issues such as OMA and FOIA compliance, school budget management, and principal selection and retention.
Michael was elected to the LaGrange School District 102 Board of Education in April 2017. Michael and his wife reside in Brookfield and have lived there since 2012. They have three children, and the oldest two attend Congress Park Elementary School. Michael stays active in the community. He coaches his son and daughter’s AYSO soccer teams and their recreational basketball teams and manages his son’s Brookfield Little League team.