Professor Shapiro founded the Law Office of Melanie Shapiro, LLC in 2014. Her practice focuses on Immigration law, specializing in asylum, VAWA, U visas, special immigrant juvenile status, federal litigation, and removal defense.
She graduated summa cum laude from the University of Rhode Island's honor's program, majoring in Women's Studies. Professor Shapiro obtained her J.D. from Roger Williams University School of Law where she was a Public Interest Scholar. She currently serves as a liaison on the American Immigration Lawyers Association's New England Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee. She partners with the LGBT Asylum Task Force and the Student Clinic for Immigrant Justice mentoring students on pro bono asylum cases.