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Michelle R. Bonner (Chair)

Michelle Bonner

Michelle Bonner is a private attorney who lives and practices law in Washington, DC. After her graduation from Stanford Law School in 1996, she was Prettyman/Stiller Fellow in the Trial Advocacy Program at Georgetown University Law Center’s Criminal Justice Clinic. As a clinic fellow, she taught both trial advocacy and litigation skills to third year law students and represented indigent criminal defendants in DC Superior Court. She has also worked as a criminal defense attorney in the Trial Division of the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia, where she represented indigent criminal defendants at jury trials, bench trials and various hearings at DC Superior Court. Ms. Bonner also worked as Director of Legal Services at Our Place DC, where she provided direct legal services and legal education to presently incarcerated women in DC Department of Corrections and the Federal Bureau of Prisons, as well as to formerly incarcerated women in the community. In her private practice, Ms. Bonner has represented clients in bankruptcy, landlord-tenant issues, small claims, family law, small business & nonprofit development, and criminal appeals.

In addition to her Juris Doctorate from Stanford Law School, Ms. Bonner has obtained a Masters in Criminal Justice Policy from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.