Melissa Kanoff graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in corporate communications. She is currently in her third year at the University of Miami School of Law. Kanoff has interned at several law firms, gaining experience in criminal defense and family law. She was a Dean’s Fellow for a criminal procedure class at the law school, mastering the intricacies of criminal law. She is now working as a research assistant for Dean Marni Lennon, focusing on The 1619 Project and how to introduce this project to higher education.