University of Wisconsin–Madison

Professor Marygold Melli, first female faculty member

Marygold Melli
As UW Law’s first woman tenure-track professor, Marygold Shire Melli (1926-2018) laid the groundwork for UW Law’s family law concentration, adding a wide range of courses to the original two-credit offering (then known as ‘domestic relations’). Melli pursued her interest in family law soon after joining the faculty in 1959, in spite of being warned “there was no law in it;” she went on to shape both pedagogy and policy, particularly in the areas of child support and shared child custody.

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