Dothan native, Tracie Melvin, graduated from Dothan High School as its first African American Valedictorian. Melvin went on to graduate from Vanderbilt University with a Bachelor of Arts in African American Studies and minor in chemistry and The University of Iowa with a master's of African American World Studies. Melvin conducted research on ethno-gendering in Jamaica and earned a JD, studying Human Rights Law at The University of the Western Cape in South Africa. She is currently working on a LL.M. in International Comparative Human Rights Law. In addition to her work with LSA, Melvin was also in private practice for one year. She currently serves as a board member for the Boys & Girls Club of Hawk-Houston and Vice President of the Board at House of Ruth, a local Domestic Violence shelter. Having served as the first African American president of the Houston County Bar Association, Melvin also served as a subject matter expert for the Alabama Bar Association, writing questions, analysis, and answers for the State Bar for nine years until 2013. Employed with LSA for 11 years, Melvin served as Staff Attorney for six years. Melvin currently serves as Managing Attorney in the Dothan Office.