Awards & Recognition
October 20, 2017
Polsinelli Shareholder Melissa Ho Receives 2017 Children’s Law Center Clinic Award

The Children’s Law Center (CLC) selected Melissa S. Ho, a shareholder of Am Law 100 firm Polsinelli, as the recipient of the 2017 Children’s Law Center Clinic Award. The award was presented to Ho at the Children’s Law Center 65th anniversary celebration last night, in recognition of her pro bono service on behalf of the organization’s guardianship clinic program.  

In her role, Ho has provided legal advice to family members who file for minor guardianship of children living in their homes. Without a parent or guardian, children cannot be enrolled in school or obtain medical treatment. Family members wanting to serve as guardians receive guidance at the clinic on how to take the necessary and often complex legal steps to ensure the child for whom they are caring for has access to basic necessities, such as schooling, housing and medical care.

Ho is a trial attorney with a detailed understanding of government regulations and international business. Born in Hong Kong and leaning on her experience as a former prosecutor, Ho works as a liaison between business and litigation professionals in the United States and in Asia to formulate comprehensive plans in response to contract disputes and government inquiries.   

Ho was recently selected by the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights to serve a four-year term on the Arizona State Advisory Committee (SAC), assisting with fact-finding, investigative and information dissemination related to the enforcement of civil rights laws. She also volunteers on several other committees through the State Bar of Arizona, the Arizona Women Lawyers Association and the Arizona Asian American Bar Association. Ho is the recipient of a number of distinctions, including being named two years in a row to Benchmark Litigation’s “Under 40 Hot List.” She earned bachelor’s degrees in Chinese and Biology from Arizona State University and her J.D. from the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law.

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