Connie worked her way through college, attending class mostly at night while maintaining a full time job. At the end of five years, she graduated from Rutgers University magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. Soon she became employed as a Social Worker, assisting young mothers victims of Domestic Violence and children who were sexually or physically abused. That work gave rise to her desire to continue public service as a attorney, and in 1983, she entered Brooklyn Law School. She continued to work at various jobs while attending Brooklyn Law School and received a Juris Doctor in 1986. Connie remains committed to public service and is particularly involved in programs assisting children. She serves to mentor middle, high school and college students, motivating them to continue their education. She is one of the founders of The Brooklyn Legal Pipeline Program which serves to mentor and provide information and internships to disadvantaged college students in Brooklyn contemplating attending law school.
Connie is a member of the Puerto Rican Bar Association and the Brooklyn Bar Association. She is on the Board of Directors of the Brooklyn Women's Bar Association and the Association of Law Secretaries for Supreme and Surrogates Courts. She is also a member of the Columbian Lawyers Association of Brooklyn, the Catholic Lawyers Guild of Brooklyn, the Metropolitan Black Bar Association and the Brooklyn Brandeis Society. Connie participated in the 2015 Women’s History Month celebration sponsored by the Gender Fairness Committee at the Kings County Courthouse. Connie keeps abreast of current events in Brooklyn and is frequently seen at Precinct Council and Community Board meetings all over the borough.
Originally from Cuba, Connie came to the United States as a young child with her family, searching for the freedoms and liberties that were taken away in the country of her birth. The family of six struggled to learn the new language and made a home in public housing. Connie fell in love with Brooklyn before falling for her husband, Frank M. Melendez, who is of Puerto Rican born parents. Frank is also an attorney and a native of Brooklyn. They have successfully raised three children.
Connie is a on the Board of Directors of the Brooklyn Women's Bar Association and the Law Secretaries Association. She is a member of the Brooklyn Bar Association, the Puerto Rican Bar Association and the Metropolitan Black Bar Association.
Connie Mallafre Melendez is running county wide for Kings County Civil Court Judge. She was screened by the Kings County Democratic Judicial Screening Committee in 2015, 2016 and 2017 and received the highest rating of QUALIFIED for the positions of Civil Court Judge and Supreme Court Judge each year. She was also found QUALIFIED by the New York City Bar Judicial Screening Committee and the Brooklyn Bar Association Judicial Screening Committee for both 2016 and 2017. She also received a HIGHLY QUALIFIED rating in 2016 and 2017 by the LeGal Judicial Screening Panel, the LGBT Bar Association of Greater New York. Connie was vetted and screened by Central Brookyn Democrats and was endorsed for her candidacy for Civil Court Judge.
Connie is the Principal Law Clerk for Justice Marsha L. Steinhardt at New York State Supreme Court, Kings County. In this capacity, she researches, analyzes and resolves issues of law, procedure and evidence arising from medical malpractice, negligence and foreclosure actions. Connie is involved in all aspects of trials including preparing jury charges and verdict sheets. She drafts decisions in response to substantive motions and resolves motions and discovery disputes between attorneys. She participates in pre-trial conferences to negotiate and settle cases. Connie is well versed with the nuances of the Medical Indemnity Fund applicable to brain damaged baby cases and routinely reviews and revises multimillion dollar infant compromise orders. Connie also mediates and attempts to resolve Foreclosure cases, working hard to keep homeowners in their homes whenever possible.
Prior to this position, she worked for the Office of the New York City Corporation Counsel in the Special Litigation and Medical Malpractice Unit of the Torts Division. As an Assistant Corporation Counsel, she primarily litigated all aspects of medical malpractice actions instituted against hospitals owned by, and physicians and medical personnel employed by, New York City
Health and Hospitals Corporation. While there she also worked in the Real Estate Condemnation and Certiorari Division. As a litigator, Connie argued complex legal issues before judges, conducted depositions, engaged in trials and brought cases to settlement.