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Michelle Engert

Scholar in Residence
Department of History

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    Adjunct Practitioner in Residence in Justice, Law and Criminology
  • Michelle Engert is an attorney advisor at the Defender Services Office in the Administrative Office of the United States Courts, Washington, DC where she works on issues concerning the Sixth Amendment right to counsel for those who cannot afford retained private lawyers. She holds a joint appointment in the departments of Justice, Law and Criminology and History at American University. Previously, Michelle worked as an assistant professor at the America Institute at Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich, Germany, where she developed and taught courses on various topics in criminal justice and government as well as portrayals of the US legal system in television and film with a focus on economic inequality. She began her legal career as a trial attorney with the New Mexico Public Defender Department in Santa Fe, before becoming an assistant federal public defender in the Office of the Federal Public Defender for the District of New Mexico and later for the District of Maryland in Baltimore. She is regularly invited to serve as faculty to teach continuing legal education seminars for attorneys in federal practice throughout the United States. In her life outside of the law, Michelle has lectured frequently in Europe on Bob Dylan and has written about his live performances and cultural significance.
  • Degrees

    JD University of New Mexico, 2004
    BA Humanities, University of Texas at Austin, 2001
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