JD, University of New Mexico School of Law BA, Humanities, Univeristy of Texas at Austin
Michelle Engert joined the faculty of Justice, Law, and Criminology after a diverse career as both a trial attorney and as a policy advisor. Michelle began her legal career as a trial attorney with the New Mexico Public Defender Department in Santa Fe, before her appointment as an assistant federal public defender in the Offices of the Federal Public Defender for the District of New Mexico and later for the District of Maryland in the Baltimore Division. She has also worked in the national criminal justice policy arena as a senior counsel in the Office for Access to Justice at the United States Department of Justice and as an attorney advisor at the Defender Services Office in the Administrative Office of the United States Courts. In both positions, she worked on issues concerning the Sixth Amendment right to counsel for those who cannot afford retained private lawyers. Since 2011, Michelle has taught at AU in an adjunct capacity in the departments of Justice, Law and Criminology and also in History and American Studies. Additionally, Michelle was an assistant professor at the America Institute at Ludwig Maximilian University (LMU) in Munich, Germany, where she developed and taught courses on various topics in criminal justice, policing, US government and social and economic inequality. She maintains her relationship at LMU where she teaches in the summer semesters. She has been 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 published and lectured in the US and Europe on Bob Dylan's live performances and cultural significance.