Melissa Iannuzzi was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, lived in Napa, California for most of her childhood, and attended high school in Cincinnati, Ohio. She graduated from Butler University with high honors in 2015, with a Strategic Communication major and Spanish minor. Before she decided to go to law school, Melissa lived in Indianapolis and worked in fundraising and communications for the Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields and the Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence.
She spent her 1L summer working as a research assistant for Professor Jimmy Gurulé and her 2L summer in Chicago at Winston & Strawn, where she will return as a litigation associate after graduation. In addition to Law Review, Melissa is a brief writer and the Brief Writer Selection Chair for the Notre Dame Moot Court Board, a teaching assistant for Deposition Skills, and research assistant to Professor Gurulé. When she isn’t working hard to make sure Lola (her rescued mastiff) can have all of the expensive cheese she deserves, Melissa loves hiking, kayaking, and trying new recipes from her ever-growing cookbook collection.