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Melvin D. Kennedy, J.D.

Professor of Practice
School of Law


Education

B.S., Truman State University, 1981
M.P.A., University of Missouri - Columbia, 1983
J.D., Saint Louis University School of Law, 1993

Practice Areas

Kennedy spent a few years in private practice at Thompson Coburn (then Thompson Mitchell) and Greensfelder in the ’90s before he joined the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, where he spent 14 years as a senior trial attorney. He left the EEOC in 2013 and, since 2013, has litigated in both state and federal courts on behalf of employees who were discriminated against by employers or prospective employers. He is also an experienced mediator and has a lot of enthusiasm for and expertise in alternative dispute resolution (ADR), especially mediation. 

With as many as 97% of civil lawsuits resolved other than at trial, per a recent estimate by the American Judges Association, Kennedy is particularly interested in the mediation advocacy aspect of the law.