Michael Allen Mello was a UMW alum who championed issues related to the criminal justice system and the abolishment of the death penalty. During his time at Mary Washington, Mello was active in political issues and served as the managing editor of the student newspaper, the Bullet. After graduating from UMW in 1979, he went on to study, practice, and teach law. Throughout his adult life, Michael Mello kept detailed scrapbooks and binders of newspaper clippings and other ephemera. After his untimely death in 2008, Mello's collection of scrapbooks was donated to his alma mater's University Archives.