Melissa Ford
Assistant Regional Counsel, Office of Criminal Conflict & Civil Regional Counsel

Melissa “Mina” Ford is a lawyer and writer in Tallahassee, Florida.  As an Assistant Regional Counsel in Florida’s first region, she represents indigent North Florida defendants in appeals of their criminal convictions. She is proud to represent the interests of these clients and to fight for fairness in Florida’s criminal legal system.  In 2002, Mina received a bachelor’s degree in English with a focus in creative writing. Shortly thereafter, she accepted an editing position in the Clerk’s Office of the Florida House of Representatives; over the next six years, she advanced within that office and became the Editorial Supervisor of the office’s publications, including the Journal of the Florida House, which is the official record of actions taken by the Florida House and its committees. Mina’s work in the Florida House led her to make a personal and professional commitment to pursue a career in service of the public. In 2009, Mina began law school at the Florida State University College of Law. She was a member of the Florida State University Law Review and the Journal of Transnational Law & Policy and received several editorial awards for her work on those journals. She was honored to have an article—The Whole World Contained: How the Ubiquitous Use of Mobile Phones Undermines Your Right to Be Free from Unreasonable Searches and Seizures, 39 FLA. ST. U. L. REV. 1077 (2012)—published in the Florida State University Law Review in 2012. During law school, Mina served as President of the FSU College of Law chapter of the ACLU and as Vice President of FSU OUTlaw, a group focused on legal issues affecting the LGBTQIA+ community. Mina received her J.D. in 2012 and began working in the Office of Criminal Conflict & Civil Regional Counsel, where she still works today. Mina loves nothing more than learning a skill that is new to her; consequently, over the years, she has dabbled in knitting, photography, roller derby, dancing, and gardening and has continued to seek out new challenges. Mina owes any success she has achieved to her mother, a patient teacher who read to Mina every day when she was a child and ensured Mina’s reading comprehension skills were top notch!