Attorney profile

 

Michelle LeGault – Managing Attorney

Education:

  • J.D., University of Tennessee College of Law, Knoxville, TN, May 1999, summa cum laude
  • M.A. in French, University of Tennessee-Knoxville, Knoxville, TN, December 1992
  • B.A. in French & Anthropology, Luther College, Decorah, IA, May 1988, cum laude
  • Junior Year Abroad – University of Montpellier III, Montpellier, France

Professional Honors:

  • AV Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell since 2009
  • Selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers–Rising Stars Editions 2006 and 2009 (a distinction reserved for 2.5% of attorneys in Georgia)

Volunteer Activities:

  • Volunteer mentor for law students and new attorneys interested in juvenile law or employment law (ongoing)
  • Volunteer with the Oakhurst community of Decatur, Georgia (ongoing)
  • Volunteer attorney and Guardian ad litem with the Truancy Intervention Project (2010-2012)
  • Volunteer with Georgia Appleseed’s Effective Student Discipline Project (Phase II – field interviews, Fall 2010)
  • Volunteer attorney with the Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation (2010-11)
  • Transition Into Law Practice Program Mentor for Beginning Attorney (2005-06, 2011-12, 2015-16)

Member:

  • Georgia Association for Women Lawyers (GAWL)
  • Georgia Association of Counsel for Children (GACC)
  • National Association of Counsel for Children (NACC)
  • Parent Attorney Advocacy Committee (PAAC)
  • State Bar of Georgia (since 1999) and its Child Protection & Advocacy, Family Law and Labor & Employment Law Sections
  • DeKalb Bar Association and its Family Law Section
  • DeKalb Volunteer Lawyers Foundation (DVLF)

Recent Training:

  • Human Trafficking and the Courts Summit (all day) (October 2016)
  • Georgia Child Abuse Conference:  from Prevention to Intervention (all day) (September 2016)
  • Second Annual Not Your Everyday Custody Case:  Advanced Issues Facing Custody Litigators and Guardians ad Litem (6.0 hours, September 2016)
  • Contract Litigation (6.0 hours, August 2016)
  • August Group Mentoring (hours pending, August 2016) (co-presenter on parent representation in dependency matters)
  • Motions for Parent Attorneys (1 hour, March 2016)
  • Ethics – A Judges Panel on Important Ethical Issues in the Courtroom (1 hour, February 2016)
  • Child Protection Seminar (6 hours, January 2016)
  • Trauma-Informed Legal Practice: Communicating with Children Who Have Experienced Trauma (1 hour) (May 2016)
  • Not Your Everyday Custody Case:  Advanced Issues Facing Custody Litigators and Guardians ad Litem (6.5 hours, September 2015)
  • Essentials of Representing Parents in Dependency Cases (4 hours, September 2015) (co-presented on Nuts and Bolts of Representing Parents with Disabilities)
  • ABA’s Center on Children and the Law’s Pre-Conference Trial Skills for Parent Attorneys (one day, July 2015)
  • ABA’s Center on Children and the Law’s 4th National Parent Attorney Conference (two days, July 2015)
  • A Comprehensive Approach to Serving as Juvenile Court GALs (5.5 hours, February 2015)
  • YLD Labor & Employment Trade Secrets Seminar (2 hours, December 2014)
  • Parent Attorney Committee Advanced Training (4 hours, November 2014)
  • Exploring a Year of Openness:  The Stigma of Foster Care (2 hours) (July 2014)
  • Child Sex Trafficking & CSEC:  Medical Evaluation of Victims (1.5 hour webinar) (June 2014)
  • Youth Law Conference (1.5 days) (June 2014)
  • Preventing Suicide Among Justice-Involved Youth: Newly Developed Tools, Recommendations, and Research (1 hour webinar) (April 2014)
  • Introduction to Child Abuse Prevention Programs (1.25 hour webinar) (April 2014)
  • Maternal Substance Abuse & Child Development (1.5 hour in-service) (April 2014)
  • Appealing Dependency and Termination of Parental Rights (TPR) (2 hours of CLE) (April 2014)
  • GACC Checklist Guide to the Georgia Juvenile Code: Dependency and TPR (6 hours of CLE) (March 2014)
  • Advanced Topics for Guardians ad Litem (3.5 hours of CLE) (March 2014)
  • The Demand Side: Traffickers, Buyers and Gangs (1.5 hour webinar) (March 2014)
  • Supporting the Sexual and Social Development of Individuals with Intellectual Disability (1 hour webinar) (March 2014)
  • Grandparent/Relative Caregiver Project (3 hours of CLE) (March 2014)
  • Preventing Abuse and Neglect in Children with Developmental Disabilities (1.25 hour webinar) (February 2014)
  • Evidence-Based Case Planning in Child Welfare (1 hour lecture) (February 2014)
  • Innovations in Substance Abuse Treatment and Abstinence Reinforcement (1 hour webinar) (February 2014)
  • Special Topics in Child Sex Trafficking: Victims, Pornography and the Legal Response (1.5 hour webinar) (Feb. 2014)
  • Human Trafficking and Sexual Exploitation: A Global Perspective, and… Boys are Victims Too (1.5 hr webinar) (Feb.  2014)
  • Eliminating Barriers to Justice:  Addressing Ethical Obligations, Cultural Competency, and Best Practices for Ensuring Meaningful Language Access in Georgia Courts (3.5 hours of CLE) (February 2014)
  • Ethics Update for Family Law Practitioners (1 hour of CLE) (February 2014)
  • Parent Attorney Advisory Committee Mini-Seminar (3 hours of CLE) (January 2014)
  • The Leader Within (3 hours of CLE) (January 2014)
  • Complex Trauma Summit (2.5 hours of CLE) (January 2014)
  • Child Hearsay (2 hours of CLE) (November 2013)
  • Stewards of Children Training (Recognizing and Preventing Child Sexual Abuse) (3 hr seminar) (October 2013)
  • Mandated Reporting of Child Abuse in Georgia:  Your role in recognizing and responding to suspicion of maltreatment (1.5 hr seminar) (October 2013)
  • Child Abuse Pediatrics (4 hours of CLE) (October 2013)
  • NACC National Conference: Strategies for Success:  Enhancing Advocacy for Children, Youth and Families (approximately 12-15 unreported CLE hours) (August 2013)
  • Juvenile Code Revisions:  Dependency & Termination of Parental Rights Provisions (2 hours of CLE) (July 2013)
  • Improving Representation in the Child Welfare System:  The Third National Parent Attorneys Conference (12 hours of CLE) (July 2013)
  • Beyond the Ethics: Working with Clients with Mental Illness and Behavioral Disorders (3 hours of CLE) (May 2013)
  • Parent Attorney Advisory Committee Mini-Seminar (5 hours of CLE) (May 2013)
  • Child’s Right to Counsel (2 hours of CLE) (April 2013)
  • Advanced Employment Law (6 hours of CLE) (March 2013)
  • Georgia Youth Law Conference (8.8 hours of CLE) (March 2013)
  • Young Brains and Education (2 hours of CLE) (February 2013)
  • Child Protection & Advocacy Section of the State Bar of Georgia’s “Show Me the Money!” training on finding financial and other resources for Georgia’s children (6 hours of CLE) (January 2013)
  • Parent Attorney Advocacy Committee Training on Mediation, Case Law Update, Clear Writing, Effective Negotiations, & Meaningful Hearings (6 hours of CLE) (November 2012)
  • Parent Attorney Advocacy Committee Training on Cross-Examination, Client-Centered Representation,  Permanency and Working with SAAGs (4.5 hours of CLE) (August 2012)
  • Understanding Trauma-Informed Care and its Value to Children in Foster Care (2 hours of CLE) (May 2012)
  • Are All of Our Foster Care Providers Really Part of Team Permanence (2 hours of CLE) (April 2012)
  • Child Welfare Attorney Training (6 hours of CLE) (April 2012)
  • Employment Law for Non-Profit Organizations (3 hours of CLE) (March 2012)
  • Education Advocacy for Children with Special Needs (3 hours of CLE) (March 2012)
  • Meeting the Needs of LGBTQ Youth (February 2012)
  • Reconnecting Families and the Cobb County Family Dependency Treatment Court (2 hours of CLE) (January 2012)
  • Georgia Youth Law Conference (16 hours of CLE ) (November 2011)
  • Concurrent Planning (2 hours of CLE) (November 2011)
  • Reinstatement of Parental Rights (2 hours of CLE) (October 2011)
  • EPIC 2011 Conference on Child Law: Past, Present and Future (5 hours of CLE) (October 2011)
  • Indian Child Welfare Act (2 hours of CLE) (September 2011)
  • Legalization Remedies for Undocumented Children (2 hours of CLE) (July 2011)
  • Guardian ad litem training (7.5 hours of CLE) (March 2011)

Recent Travels:

  • Lower Antelope Canyon, Canyon de Chelly, Catalina Mountains (AZ)
  • Colmar, France
  • Lisbon, Sintra, Portugal
  • Saint-Nazaire, La Rochelle, Oradour-sur-Glane, France
  • Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Zaragoza, San Sebastían, Pamplona, Barcelona, Spain
  • Buenos Aires, Argentina & Colonia, Uruguay
  • Paisley Park, Chanhassen, Minnesota
  • Santiago, Chile
  • Panama City, Panama
  • Jaffa, Bethlehem, Dead Sea, Jerusalem
  • St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador
  • Santa Fe & Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Washington, DC
  • Strasbourg, Lyon, Beaune, Paris, France

Bucket List:

  • Mendoza Province, Argentina
  • Dubrovnik, Split and Hvar (Croatia)
  • Vietnam
  • Mexico City, Mexico
  • Greece and Turkey
  • Norway, during the Midnight Sun