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Michèle is a first-generation American, fluent in Spanish and Portuguese. She also studied French. Born in New Jersey and raised in Washington, D.C., Michèle graduated from college, traveled abroad, and worked for the United States Government, ultimately attending law school. While practicing law, she achieved what she thought was her dream – becoming a partner in a law firm. As a partner, Michèle was active in the South Carolina Bar, elected to its House of Delegates, and led multiple committees.
Michèle recognized she could impact families and her community more significantly from the unique vantage point of a judge. She ran for and was elected as a South Carolina Family Court Judge in February of 2016.
On the bench, Michèle sees the impact of poverty and lack of education on a daily basis across all races. She is passionate about reducing inequities and access to quality education for all children. For several years, Michèle taught English as a second language in the local Hispanic community. She has also served as Chair of the Language Access Task Force of the South Carolina Supreme Court’s Access to Justice Commission.
Presently, Michèle is working to provide access to justice for children who are involved in delinquency cases and abuse and neglect cases. She holds a B.A. in Political Science with a Minor in International Relations from the University of Maryland Baltimore County, and a Juris Doctor from the University of South Carolina School of Law.
Michèle is a Fellow of the 15th class of the Liberty Fellowship and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.