Carol D. Melamed
After retiring from the Post in 2006, Melamed has focused on press-related issues, as well as animal-related activities. She is President of the First Amendment Coalition (based in California) and the Maryland Delaware District of Columbia Press Foundation. She is also Assistant Secretary of the District of Columbia College Access Program and a board member of the Council for Court Excellence.
Melamed is a member of the National Disaster Animal Response Team of the Humane Society of the United States, volunteers at the Peninsula Humane Society, was a volunteer at the Washington Animal Rescue League, and is a member of the Founder’s Council of Alaska Geographic. For over two years, she and her dog were a certified therapy team with National Capital Therapy Dogs.
Melamed joined The Post in 1979 as assistant counsel and became associate counsel the following year. She practiced law at the D.C. firm of Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering from 1975 and clerked at the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C. for a year prior to that. She graduated from Brown University in 1967 and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. She earned a Master’s degree in 1969 from Harvard Graduate School of Education and a JD in 1974 from the Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law. Melamed lives in Palo Alto, CA and Chevy Chase, MD, with her husband, Doug. She has four daughters and four grandchildren.