Melinda Holmes is from Mattoon, Illinois. She graduated in 2017 from the University of Illinois, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Food Science. During her 1L summer, Melinda served as a judicial extern for the Honorable Michael J. Reagan of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois. Within the law school, Melinda is a research assistant to the Honorable Kenneth F. Ripple. In her free time, Melinda enjoys running, listening to podcasts, and teaching friends how to swing dance.