Melissa Baldo, J.D. — Instructor
"My teaching career began in 2013 as a result of a last minute phone call from a friend at the University. I thought I would do it for one semester, but I fell in love with teaching and the interaction with all of the students."
- JD – South Texas College of Law, 1988
- BBA – The University of Texas at Austin, 1982
I received a commendation from the Director of the F.B.I. in Washington, D.C. for a case that I tried when I was a federal prosecutor. The case involved a young girl who was kidnapped and brutally sexually assaulted. No one in the U.S. Attorney's office wanted to take the case because no one believed a jury would convict due to the victim being a prostitute. I took the case and all three defendants were convicted. It was a career highlight for me not because of the conviction or the commendation but because I was able to show a young girl that she mattered.
In which online degree program do you teach?
Which classes do you teach online?
BULW 1370, BULW 3310, BULW 5300 and BULW 5330.
Why did you start teaching?
My teaching career began in 2013 as a result of a last minute phone call from a friend at the University. I thought I would do it for one semester, but I fell in love with teaching, and the interaction with all of the students. So much so that I accepted a full-time faculty position in January, 2016.
What's the best advice that you ever received?
“Evil prospers when good men do nothing.” It was my deceased father's favorite quote.
What's the best advice that you could give your students?
Keep going! There is no downside to getting your degree. Your education is one of the few things in life that can never be taken from you and that can never be lost.
What is the one book you think everyone should read?
Undaunted Courage by Stephen Ambrose.
What qualities make someone particularly successful in the area in which you teach?
A love of learning, people and public speaking!
Tell us something your students may not know about you:
I was an Air Force Brat and spoke Turkish when I was a child because I lived in Turkey for 3 years.