Michelle received her J.D. with honors in 2010 from the UNC School of Law, where she was awarded the school’s highest merit scholarship as a Chancellors’ Scholar. While attending law school, she served as an Article and Note Editor of the First Amendment Law Review and received a Gressman-Pollitt Award for Outstanding Oral Advocacy as Best Appellee.
She received her Bachelor of Arts degrees in political science and Spanish from the University of Georgia in Athens in 2007, where she graduated as a First Honor Graduate by maintaining a perfect 4.0 GPA and was inducted as a member of the Phi Beta Kappa honor society for academic excellence. Michelle served as a judicial intern to the Honorable Linda Stephens of the N.C. Court of Appeals and worked as a legal consultant to Dex One Corporation in Cary, N.C. She also served as a research assistant to Melissa B. Jacoby, Graham Kenan Professor of Law at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC), assisting in research regarding bankruptcy and commercial law.
In 2012, Michelle was appointed to the Orange County Animal Services Advisory Board by the county’s Board of Commissioners, and she currently serves as Chair. On the board, she is responsible for providing input and advice to the Animal Services Department, including reviewing the allocation of resources, assisting in planning programs and advising the Animal Services Director on policies and operation of the Animal Services Department. She also serves as a regular volunteer at the Orange County Animal Services Center.