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Melanie Sloan
Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington
Executive Director

Melanie Sloan is Executive Director of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington -- a government watchdog group started in February 2003. CREW brings legal cases exposing government officials who betray the public interest by serving special interests. CREW's cases target not only such officials, but also the special interests supporting them. CREW is nonpartisan and is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization.

Melanie Sloan is formerly an Assistant United States Attorney in the United States Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia. Prior to that, she was Counsel for the House and Senate Judiciary Committees. Melanie has been very involved in congressional activity related to partner violence, including the creation of the Violence Against Women Act of 1994, and the current legislation, VAWA II.

As Counsel on the staff of the House Committee on the Judiciary, and the Subcommittee on Crime and Criminal Justice, Melanie's major responsibilities included: the drafting and reviewing of criminal, civil rights and violence against women legislation; the drafting of sections of the 1994 Crime Bill and accompanying committee reports; oversight of federal law enforcement agencies; preparing memoranda, statements and questions for hearings, committee markups and floor debates involving criminal and constitutional issues; and researching issues related to violence against women, juvenile justice, sentencing and the death penalty. Melanie served on the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, Nominations Counsel, in 1993 and 1994, where she drafted committee reports for the Violence Against Women Act, analyzed opinions, articles, and speeches of nominees to the federal judiciary and to high level Department of Justice positions, and prepared senators for nominations hearings.

Melanie received an A.B. in English Literature from The University of Chicago in Chicago, Illinois. She received a Juris Doctor from The University of Chicago Law School in Chicago, Illinois, where she served as Board Member and Student Attorney in the Mandel Legal Aid Clinic, and was President of the Progressive Law Students Association.

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