Pamela Melton received her J.D. from Washington & Lee University School of Law in Lexington, Virginia, and her M.S.L.S. from the Catholic University of America's School of Library and Information Science in Washington, D.C. She joined the Law Library faculty at the University of South Carolina School of Law in 1998 and served for six years as a Reference Librarian before becoming the Coleman Karesh Law Library's Associate Director for Administration in 2004. Before moving to USC, Ms. Melton was a Reference Librarian with McKenna & Cuneo (now McKenna Long & Aldridge, L.L.P.) in Washington, D.C. and, prior to that, a Reference Librarian with McGuire Woods, L.L.P. in McLean, Virginia.
Ms. Melton teaches Legal Research, Analysis, and Writing and Advanced Legal Research. In 2002, she was the recipient of a $5000 research grant from the American Association of Law Libraries to conduct research into the research habits of the South Carolina bar. Her other areas of scholarly interests include legal research pedagogy and legal history. She served as Chair of the Research Instruction and Patron Services (RIPS) Special Interest Section of the American Association of Law Libraries in 2004-2005. In 2006, she represented RIPS at the AALL Education Summit. She was the 2009 Chair of the AALL Research & Publications Committee, which is responsible for awarding approximately $7500 in grant money per year nationwide for projects that advance the field of law librarianship. She is currently the Immediate Past President of SEAALL (the South Eastern Chapter of the American Association of Law Libraries), having previously served as Vice President/ President-Elect and President.