University of Wisconsin–Madison

Marygold Melli: UW Law School’s First Female Professor

Professor Marygold Melli

Marygold Melli ’50 became the first female professor of UW Law School. Melli went on to shape both pedagogy and policy in family law, particularly in the areas of child support and shared child custody. She later laid the groundwork for the Law School’s family law concentration, adding a wide range of courses to the original two-credit “domestic relations” offering. Read more about Marygold Melli and five other Law School trailblazers in the Spring 2013 issue of the Gargoyle, or hear from Professor Melli in her own words through our oral history project.

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