Melaniesha Abernathy

VOCA Attorney

Professional Experience

Melaniesha Abernathy is currently a VOCA Staff Attorney at NLS. Prior to joining NLS in 2020, she worked as a Staff Attorney at the Adoption Legal Unit handling Termination of Parental Rights and Adoption Cases on behalf of Allegehny County, Office of Children, Youth and Services.


Ms. Abernathy earned her J.D. from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law in 2015. She also earned her M.S.W. from the University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work in 2015. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice from Cheyney University of Pennsylvania in 2011.

Bar Association Memberships/Admissions

Ms. Abernathy is currently a member of the Allegheny County Bar Association. She is a member of the ACBA’s Homer S. Brown Division, Family Law Section, Young Lawyer’s Division, and Women in the Law Division.


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