Ari Melber is an attorney who works for MSNBC as its chief legal consultant, as of May 2015. He is a co-host on "The Cycle" and writes a blog called "The Law of Politics" on MSNBC.com.
Melber earned his Juris Doctor degree at Cornell Law School, during which time he also served as the editor on the Cornell Journal of Law and Public Policy. He began his political work as a legislative aide to Senator Maria Cantwell from 2002 to 2003. In 2004, he was a national staff member on John Kerry's presidential campaign. In 2008, the Washington Independent sent him on a special assignment, traveling with Barack Obama's presidential campaign.
Melber, a member of the New York Bar, practiced law at a New York form from 2009 to 2013. He specialized in First Amendment, reporter?s privilege and copyright litigation cases.
Melber has spoken or interviewed at several universities and organizations, including Harvard Law School, Georgetown, the Columbia University Political Union and the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. He has written essays and chapters for several books, and nonfiction books often cite his reports. Due to its comprehensiveness, his 74-page analysis of the Organizing for America project?s first year is cited by many newspapers.