Melissa Sayoc received her law degree from Santa Clara University School of Law in 2013. During law school, she earned a Public Interest and Social Justice Law Certificate with an emphasis in environmental law. She also served as Articles Editor for the Santa Clara Law Review. In her final semester of law school, she externed with the Natural Resources Committee at the California State Assembly, where she published policy committee analyses on pending bills before the State Assembly.
After law school, Melissa practiced family-based immigration law and removal defense in San Jose, California. Her experience with family-based immigration includes immigrant visa petitions, extreme hardship waivers, adjustment of status applications, consular processing, U visas, and naturalization applications. She also volunteered with non-profit organizations in assisting victims of severe human trafficking to obtain T-Visas. Her removal defense experience includes preparing cancellation of removal cases before Immigration Court and briefing Petitions for Review before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Melissa is admitted to practice before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and Immigration Court. She is a member of the State Bar of California. Melissa also received her Bachelor’s degree in Business Economics from the University of the Philippines Diliman in the Philippines in 2009. She is proficient in Tagalog.