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Melissa Elizabeth Spiller-Shiner

Associate Director

Step Up To Justice


Melissa Spiller-Shiner is the Associate Director of Step Up To Justice, a free civil legal center for low income individuals and families in Pima County. She has worked in civil legal services since 2010, has a B.A. in Sociology from Binghamton University, an M.A. in Ethics, Peace & Global Affairs from American University, and a J.D. from the University of Arizona.  Prior to joining Step Up To Justice, Melissa worked as a staff attorney at another Tucson-based civil legal services provider in their Consumer, Housing, & Public Benefits unit assisting low income clients with landlord/tenant and bankruptcy matters.  She then moved to the Volunteer Lawyers Program as their Staff Attorney and Law Student Coordinator, managing court and student-based clinics to assist self-represented litigants navigate the court process.  As the Associate Director of Step Up To Justice, Melissa works with the Executive Director and the Board of Directors to develop and implement the vision and direction for SU2J.