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Melinda F. Drew

Lawyering Skills Professor and Director of the Academic Success Program
St. Joseph's College, BS 1974
Boston University, EdM 1978
Northeastern University, JD 1987
Office: 27 Cargill Hall
Mail: 400 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115
Tel: (617) 373-3960
Fax: (617) 373-5056
E-mail: m.drew@neu.edu

Professor Drew, who is also a registered nurse, directed substance abuse treatment programs before attending law school. Following graduation, she practiced civil rights, consumer, housing and personal injury law in a general practice litigation firm and then worked as a solo practitioner doing civil appellate work.

Prior to returning to Northeastern, Professor Drew was an assistant professor at Elms College. She has published articles on legal issues in nursing, served on the editorial board of the Journal of Nursing Law and is the co-author of a text on legal issues for allied health professionals. Professor Drew directs the law school’s Academic Success Program, coordinates the provision of disability services in the law school, and teaches Professional Responsibility as well as Legal Interviewing and Counseling.

As part of her pro bono work, Professor Drew serves as a volunteer arbitrator for both the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation and the Massachusetts Bar Association's Fee Arbitration Board, and serves as a case conferencer for the Boston Bar Association/ Boston Municipal Court Alternative Dispute Resolution program. A long-time member of the National Lawyers Guild, Professor Drew trains law students to deliver street law clinics to community groups.

Fields of Expertise

  • Alternate Dispute Resolution
  • Health Law
  • Housing Law
  • Legal Education
  • Legal Ethics
  • Medical Issues

Selected Works

Books

Basic Law for the Allied Health Professions (Jones and Bartlett, 1994) (Cowdrey and Drew, eds.)

Selected Articles

“Whistleblower Protection for Nurses and Other Health Care Professionals,” 10 Journal of Nursing Law 2 (2006) (with Garrahan)

“The Nurse’s Role in Supporting Patients’ Treatment Decisions,” 2 Journal of Nursing Law 4 (1997) (with Fleming)

“So You Think Your Employment Is Secure? Maybe, Maybe Not,” 1 Journal of Nursing Law 4 (1996) (with Fleming)