Adjunct Professor (DPP) and Executive Assistant, CT Division of Criminal Justice
School of Public Policy
B.A., University of Connecticut
Juris Doctor, The University of Connecticut School of Law
Melanie Dykas currently serves as an Executive Assistant in Connecticut’s Division of Criminal Justice. Her main role is to establish and maintain relationships with legislators and staff to promote the public policy goals related to the Division; translate ideas into clear, actionable legislative proposals; advocate and negotiate on pending legislation; identify and advise on affected interests; and track and research new laws and potential impact.
Prior to joining the Division, Melanie spent a decade as an attorney with several large law firms representing clients at the state, federal, appellate, and arbitration level. Her practice focused on business litigation, wherein she was consistently recognized as a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers® and as “One to Watch” by Best Lawyers in America®. Early in her career, Melanie split her time as an attorney and a lobbyist, having lobbied during the 2011-2014 legislative sessions.