Melanie R. Jarboe

Of Counsel

Contact Information


  • B.A., History, 2005 Occidental College, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa
  • M.S., Teaching, 2007 Pace University
  • J.D. 2011 Boston College, cum laude Editor-in-Chief, Boston College Journal of Law & Social Justice (formerly known as the Boston College Third World Law Journal)

Attorney Profile

Melanie Jarboe represents families who have children with special needs as well as individual clients with disabilities. She counsels and assists families with a wide range of special education issues, including eligibility, navigating the team process, participating in mediation, and litigating disputes before the Bureau of Special Education Appeals.  Ms. Jarboe also works with individuals and their families to secure and modify services from state agencies such as the Department of Developmental Services and to navigate disability-related issues in higher education settings. Prior to law school, Ms. Jarboe taught elementary school in Harlem.

Bar Admissions

  • Massachusetts


  • Contributor to Massachusetts Special Education Reporter
  • Private School Students May be Entitled to Special Education and Related Services, 32 Fed’n for Child. with Special Needs Newsline, no. 4 at 6 (2012).
  • Expelled to Nowhere: School Exclusion Laws in Massachusetts, 31 B.C. Third World L.J. 343 (2011).
  • Collective Rights to Indigenous Land in Carcieri v. Salazar, 30 B.C. Third World L.J. 395 (2010).

Awards & Honors

  • Chosen as Rising Star by New England Super Lawyers Magazine (2015-present)
  • Selected as a Rising Star in Massachusetts for Schools and Education (Boston Magazine, April 2013, 2014, 2015 & 2016)
  • Cornelius J. Moynihan Award for outstanding editorial work on publications, Boston College Law School, 2011

Professional Affiliations

  • Massachusetts Bar Association
  • Boston Bar Association

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