A New York native, Melba Pearson has called Miami home for close to two decades. After receiving her undergraduate degree at New York University, she completed her studies at Hofstra University School of Law. Ms. Pearson was a prosecutor in Florida for close to 16 years, handling cases ranging from domestic violence, homicides to armed robberies. She is now the Deputy Director for the ACLU of Florida. Ms. Pearson a frequent guest lecturer on a wide array of law enforcement concerns including lecturing nationwide to prosecutors on behalf of the National District Attorneys Association (NDAA) as well as police and community groups. She serves as adjunct faculty for the University of Phoenix and Bryant and Stratton College, teaching law to undergraduate as well as masters students. Ms. Pearson is also a contributing writer to several publications, and has been a guest on national media regarding legal trends. She blogs as the Resident Legal Diva at melbapearsonesq.com. Ms. Pearson is a leader in several charity organizations, serving as President of the National Black Prosecutors Association from 2014- 2016 and Vice President of the Gwen S. Cherry Black Women Lawyers Association from 2013-2015.