Michelle is originally from Oklahoma, but moved to New Mexico at a young age. She attended the University of New Mexico and received an undergraduate degree in Political Science, graduating summa cum laude. Michelle then went on to the University of New Mexico School of Law where she was Editor in Chief of the New Mexico Law Review. She received her Juris Doctor, magna cum laude, in 2005. Following graduation, Michelle began her legal career as an associate attorney with Hinkle, Hensley, Shanor & Martin, L.L.P, practicing in the areas of employment and labor law, civil rights, general tort liability, and class actions. She joined the Division of Appellate Court Attorneys in 2007. Michelle is currently a Supervisor for the Division. She has also held every other position DACA offers: Assistant, Associate, and Senior Staff Attorney, as well as Interim Chief Appellate Attorney.