Melinda Bowen is a Founder and the current Executive Director of the Utah Center for Legal Inclusion. Melinda came to UCLI after teaching criminal law and criminal procedure at BYU Law School. Prior to teaching, she practiced at Snow Christensen & Martineau in Salt Lake City, in the white collar criminal defense and commercial litigation practice groups. She also served as a judicial law clerk for Judge Tena Campbell in the United States District Court for the District of Utah and for Judge Carolyn McHugh in the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. Melinda received both her B.S. and J.D. from Brigham Young University. In her free time, she loves running, reading, and doing all things outdoors, especially with her husband and four boys.
Ling Ritter, Assistant Director
Natalya “Ling” Ritter is the Assistant Director of the Utah Center for Legal Inclusion. Ling grew up in Salt Lake City and graduated summa cum laude and phi beta kappa from Princeton University in 2019 with a Bachelor of Arts in Politics. Ling is captivated by issues at the intersections of civil rights and constitutional law, law and society, and political theory. Her senior thesis analyzed the racial and political classification of Filipinos within the early twentieth-century American legal framework. In her free time, Ling performs as a jazz musician. She also serves as vice president and co-founder of the Filipino American National Historical Society – Utah Chapter, as well as president and co-founder of Kalos Academy, a nonprofit established to support students unable to pursue higher education due to COVID-19.
Freddy Barrera, Intern
Alfredo “Freddy” Barrera is an intern with the Utah Center for Legal Inclusion. Originally from Southern California, he moved to Salt Lake City about six years ago. He is about to start his sophomore year at New York University this fall. He is studying Political Science with a minor in psychology. His goal is to attend law school, either here in Utah or New York. He is excited to be working with UCLI this summer to help out in any way he can!