News and events

  • In April 2017, Michelle LeGault attended an all-day Child Welfare seminar for her work with parents and children in dependency matters.
  • In December 2016, Michelle LeGault co-presented on ethical issues in representing parents in child welfare matters at a half-day training sponsored by the Parent Attorney Advocacy Committee.
  • In November 2016, Michelle LeGault participated in a multidisciplinary webinar called “Hardcore Truths: Exploring the connections between pornography and sexual abuse” sponsored by Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.
  • In November 2016, Michelle LeGault attended a Child Welfare Legal Academy addressing the new child abuse registry which went into effect July 1, 2016.  See her blog post about the new registry.
  • In November 2016, Michelle LeGault participated in a roundtable webinar on “Assuring a successful transition:  What legal issues do transitioning youth face?” sponsored by the American Bar Association’s Litigation section as part of her advocacy for children in foster care and/or dual-involved with the Department of Juvenile Justice.
  • In November 2016, Michelle LeGault attended an all-day “Adoption Law and Practice in Georgia” seminar co-sponsored by the Georgia Council of Adoption Lawyers.
  • In November 2016, Michelle LeGault attended a legal seminar on “Domestic Violence in Family Law Cases” sponsored by the Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation.
  • In October 2016, Michelle LeGault attended the all-day “Human Trafficking and the Courts Summit” sponsored by the Judicial Council of Georgia’s Access, Fairness, Public Trust and Confidence Committee (staffed by the Administrative Office of the Courts), the AG’s Office of Georgia, ICLE and Emory University.
  • In September 2016, LeGault Legal made a donation to JRDF’s One Walk (Atlanta) to help prevent, treat and cure Type 1 diabetes (T1D).
  • In September 2016, Michelle LeGault attended the all-day “Georgia Child Abuse Conference:  from Prevention to Intervention” presented by the Stephanie V. Blank Center for Safe and Healthy Children and Prevent Child Abuse Georgia.
  • In September 2016, Michelle LeGault attended the all-day “2nd Annual Not Your Everyday Custody Case:  Advanced Issues Facing Custody Litigators and Guardians ad Litem” presented by the DeKalb Bar Association’s Family Law Section.
  • In August 2016, Michelle LeGault co-presented “Representing Parents in Juvenile Court – Parent Attorney Advocacy Committee (PAAC)” as part of the August Group Mentoring component of the Transition Into Law Practice Program (presented by TILPP and ICLE).
  • In August 2016, LeGault Legal made a donation to No Kid Hungry/Share our Strength as part of the Give Me Five fundraising event to combat child hunger held at the Piedmont Driving Club.
  • In May 2016, Michelle LeGault participated in a webinar sponsored by the American Bar Association called “Trauma-Informed Legal Practice:  Communicating with Children Who Have Experienced Trauma”.
  • In October 2015, Michelle LeGault successfully handled a parental notification (aka judicial bypass) matter for a minor seeking a legal abortion.
  • In September 2015, Michelle LeGault attended an all-day Guardian ad Litem training called “Not Your Everyday Custody Case:  Advanced Issues Facing Custody Litigators and Guardians ad Litem”.
  • In September, 2015, Michelle LeGault co-presented on “Nuts and Bolts of Representing Parents with Disabilities” as part of PAAC’s Essentials of Representing Parents in Dependency Cases training.
  • In July, 2015, Michelle LeGault attended the American Bar Association’s 4th National Parent Attorney Conference and the Pre-Conference Trial Skills for Parents’ Attorneys in Washington, DC.  She was awarded a generous stipend to attend from the Parent Attorney Advocacy Committee.
  • In March 2015, Michelle LeGault attended an all-day training in DeKalb County, Georgia called “A Comprehensive Approach to Serving as Juvenile Court GAL”.
  • In February 2015, Michelle LeGault attended  an American Bar Association child welfare training called “Raise Your Bar” and was awarded a stipend to attend.
  • In December 2014, Michelle LeGault attended a Guardian ad Litem training in Fulton County, Georgia.
  • In December 2014, Michelle LeGault attended a seminar on Trade Secrets.
  • In November, 2014, Michelle LeGault moderated a panel of half a dozen parent attorneys for an Advanced Parent Attorney Training held in DeKalb County, Georgia on the topic of the stress of the practice.
  • In September/October 2014, Michelle LeGault traveled for two weeks to Belgium, Holland and Germany for a historical and family vacation.
  • In September 2014, Michelle LeGault became co-chair of the Training Committee of the Parent Attorney Advocacy Committee (“PAAC”), responsible for planning and developing all PAAC trainings, including an advanced training, and for training new parent attorneys.
  • In July 2014, Michelle LeGault attended a Child Welfare Legal Academy seminar on “Exploring a Year of Openness:  The Stigma of Foster Care” sponsored by Emory Law School’s Barton Child Law and Policy Center.
  • In June 2014, Michelle LeGault participated in a webinar on “Using a Victim/Survivor-Centered Approach” to Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC) sponsored by Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta in connection with her work with children and families in juvenile court.
  • In June 2014, Michelle LeGault handled her first Termination of Parental Rights trial on behalf of a parent.
  • In June 2014, Michelle LeGault attended the multi-day Youth Law Conference sponsored by the Georgia Association of Counsel for Children.
  • In June 2014, Michelle LeGault attended a “Panel Discussion with DeKalb County DFCS:  Changes in Policy and Vision for the Future” in-service sponsored by the DeKalb County Child Advocacy Center.
  • In June 2014, Michelle LeGault participated in a seminar on “Child Sex Trafficking & CSEC:  Medical Evaluation of Victims” presented by Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta’s Center for Safe and Healthy Children as part of her juvenile court practice.
  • In June 2014, LeGault Legal, LLC  sponsored Holes 1, 9 and 18 at the 4th Annual DeKalb CASA Golf Tournament dedicated this year to the memory of Judge Elliott A. Shoenthal of the DeKalb County Juvenile Court.
  • LeGault Legal, LLC made a contribution to the June 2014 Annual Campaign of the Atlanta Legal Aid Society.
  • In May 2014, Michelle LeGault attended a 1/2 day seminar on family violence which covered topics such as the dynamics of family violence, firearms, criminal interface, special populations, custody & visitation and public benefits, to further her work with families and children in juvenile court cases.
  • In April 2014, Michelle LeGault attended an all-day seminar on teen dating violence, social media, technology and other topics presented at a Mini Child Abuse and Neglect Conference sponsored by Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.
  • In April 2014, Michelle LeGault participated in a webinar on “Preventing Suicide Among Justice-Involved Youth: Newly Developed Tools, Recommendations, and Research” presented by the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention in connection with her juvenile delinquency practice and guardian ad litem work for children facing delinquencies.
  • In April 2014, Michelle LeGault participated in a webinar called “Introduction to Child Abuse Prevention Programs” presented by Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta’s Center for Safe and Healthy Children.
  • In April 2014, Michelle LeGault attended an In-Service on “Maternal Substance Abuse & Child Development” sponsored by the DeKalb County Child Advocacy Center.
  • In April 2014, Michelle LeGault attended a seminar on appealing dependency and Termination of Parental Rights (TPR) cases sponsored by the Parent Attorney Advocacy Committee (PAAC).
  • In March 2014, Michelle LeGault attended an all-day seminar called “GACC Checklist Guide to the Georgia Juvenile Code: Dependency and TPR” sponsored by the Georgia Association of Counsel for Children.
  • LeGault Legal, LLC was a Bronze Level co-sponsor of the DeKalb Bar Association’s Bench and Bar Program held in April 2014 to honor DeKalb County, Georgia judges.
  • LeGault Legal, LLC was a sponsor of the Lauren T. Giddings Memorial 5k  held on April 5, 2014 on the campus of Agnes Scott College  in memory of  Lauren T. Giddings, a 2011 graduate of the Walter F. George School of Law (Mercer University, Macon, Georgia) and 2006 graduate of ASC.
  • In March 2014, Michelle LeGault attended a training called “Advanced Topics for Guardians ad Litem” as part of the Atlanta Bar Association’s annual pro bono legal seminars, to further her understanding of children’s best interests and enhance her skills as a Guardian ad Litem for children involved in family court or juvenile court.
  • In March 2014, Michelle LeGault participated in a webinar presented by Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta’s Center for Safe and Healthy Children on “The Demand Side: Traffickers, Buyers and Gangs” in connection with her parent representation and guardian ad litem work in juvenile and family court.
  • In March 2014, in connection with her representation of parents with intellectual disabilities whose children have been removed by DFCS, Michelle LeGault participated in a webinar on “Supporting the Sexual and Social Development of Individuals with Intellectual Disability” presented by the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD).
  • In March 2014, Michelle LeGault attended the “Grandparent/Relative Caregiver Project” sponsored by the Atlanta Legal Aid Society to gain legal skills to help grandparents and relative caregivers provide stable homes for their grandchildren and other young relatives.
  • In February 2014, Michelle LeGault became eligible to accept conflict attorney appointments in Fulton County Juvenile Court in the areas of guardianship, child welfare (dependency) and juvenile delinquency.
  • In February 2014, Michelle LeGault participated in a webinar on “Preventing Abuse and Neglect in Children with Developmental Disabilities” sponsored by Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta’s Center for Safe and Healthy Children to continue her learning in connection with her parent representation and guardian ad litem work in juvenile and family court.
  • In February 2014,  in connection with her parent representation and Guardian ad Litem work, Michelle LeGault attended the Doris Duke Fellowship Lecture on “Evidence-Based Case Planning in Child Welfare” at Georgia State University’s School of Public Health which was co-sponsored by the National SafeCare Training and Research Center.
  • In February 2014, Michelle LeGault participated in a webinar on “Innovations in Substance Abuse Treatment and Abstinence Reinforcement” as part of her work representing parents in child dependency cases in juvenile court.
    In February 2014, Michelle LeGault participated in a webinar entitled “Special Topics in Child Sex Trafficking: Victims, Pornography and the Legal Response” in connection with her work serving children’s best interests in disputed custody cases in juvenile and family court.
  • In February 2014, Michelle LeGault participated in a webinar entitled “Human Trafficking and Sexual Exploitation: A Global Perspective, and…Boys are Victims Too” in connection with her Guardian ad Litem work representing the best interests of children and her parent representation for families caught up in disputes in family court or juvenile court.
  • In February 2014, Michelle LeGault attended a half day seminar on “Eliminating Barriers to Justice:  Addressing Ethical Obligations, Cultural Competency, and Best Practices for Ensuring Meaningful Language Access in Georgia Courts” sponsored by the Georgia Legal Services Program.
  • In February 2014, Michelle LeGault attended a one hour seminar on “Ethics Update for Family Law Practitioners” sponsored by the DeKalb Bar Association’s Family Law Section, as part of her work representing children’s best interests as a Guardian ad Litem in disputed custody cases in juvenile and family court.
  • In January 2014, Michelle LeGault attended a leadership training co-sponsored by the Atlanta Bar Association and the Georgia Association for Women Lawyers called “The Leader Within”.
  • In January 2014, Michelle LeGault attended a half day training sponsored by the Parent Attorney Advocacy Committee which focused on recent appeals decisions and appellate practice in parent representation.
  • In January 2014, Michelle LeGault attended a “Complex Trauma in Children Known to Our State Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice Systems Summit” at The Carter Center sponsored by the Georgia Justice for Children, as part of her work with families involved in dependency matters in juvenile court.
  • In November 2013, Michelle LeGault participated in Part II of a webinar entitled “Parents with Intellectual Disabilities and Cognitive Limitations: Toward Effective Child Welfare Practice” in connection with her representation of parents in DeKalb County Juvenile Court.
  • In November 2013, LeGault Legal purchased items from the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Wish List to help children who are patients at CHOA and their families feel more comfortable during their stay.
  • In November 2013, Michelle LeGault attended a seminar on Child Hearsay sponsored by Emory Law’s Barton Child Law and Policy Center.
  • In October 2013, Michelle LeGault participated in a webinar sponsored by the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta’s Stephanie V. Blank Center for Safe and Healthy Children on Mandatory Reporting of Child Abuse in Georgia, in connection with her Guardian ad Litem work representing the best interests of children caught up in disputes in family court or juvenile court.
  • In October 2013, Michelle LeGault attended a 3 hour Stewards of Children training on recognizing and preventing child sexual abuse, as part of her work serving as a Guardian ad Litem for children involved in family court or juvenile court.  This training is presented by the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta’s Stephanie V. Blank Center for Safe and Healthy Children.
  • In October 2013, Michelle LeGault attended a half-day medical-legal seminar on “Child Abuse Pediatrics:  What We Know and What We Don’t Know!” sponsored by the Stephanie V. Blank Center for Safe and Healthy Children and the Prosecuting Attorneys’ Council.
  • In October 2013, Michelle LeGault attended Part I of a webinar entitled “Parents with Intellectual Disabilities and Cognitive Limitations: Toward Effective Child Welfare Practice” in connection with her representation of parents in DeKalb County Juvenile Court.
  • In September 2013, Michelle LeGault took 16 days away from work to travel with her family to Reykjavik, Helsinki, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.
  • For three days in late August 2013, Michelle LeGault attended the 36th National Child Welfare, Juvenile and Family Law Conference sponsored by the National Association of Counsel for Children (NACC).  This year’s focus was on “Strategies for Success:  Enhancing Advocacy for Children, Youth and Families”.  She was awarded a stipend to attend by the Georgia Association of Counsel for Children (GACC).
  • In July 2013, Michelle LeGault attended a seminar on “Juvenile Code Revisions:  Dependency & Termination of Parental Rights Provisions” presented by the Georgia Child Welfare Legal Academy at Emory Law’s Barton Child Law and Policy Center.
  • In July 2013, Michelle LeGault attended a national conference in Washington, D.C., on “Improving Representation in the Child Welfare System:  The Third National Parent Attorneys Conference” put on by the American Bar Association’s Center on Children and the Law, in connection with her advocacy for parents in DeKalb County who are involved in child abuse or neglect cases in DeKalb County Juvenile Court.  She was awarded a travel stipend to attend by the Georgia Public Defender Standards Council, which oversees the training of public defenders and parent attorneys across the State.
  • In June 2013 , the executive committee of the Child Protection and Advocacy Section of the State Bar of Georgia selected one of Michelle LeGault’s suggestions for the new name of the Section’s quarterly newsletter,  “Kids Matter”.  She will get a free year of section dues in recognition of the winning submission.
  • In May 2013, Michelle LeGault presented on a panel on the topic of “Handling Initial and Subsequent Case Plan Reviews as a Parent Attorney” during a training sponsored by the Parent Attorney Advocacy Committee, in connection with her work representing parents in court-involved DFCS cases.
  • In May 2013, Michelle LeGault attended, in connection with her parent attorney work, a seminar on an “Overview of Juvenile Code Revisions”, a Georgia Child Welfare Legal Academy program presented by Emory Law’s Barton Child Law and Policy Center.
  • In May 2013, Michelle LeGault attended, in connection with her representation of parents in DeKalb County Juvenile Court deprivation proceedings, a seminar on “Beyond the Ethics: Working with Clients with Mental Illness and Behavioral Disorders” sponsored in part by the Atlanta Bar Association’s Public Interest Law Section.
  • In April 2013, Michelle LeGault attended a training seminar on “Child’s Right to Counsel” in connection with her practice representing parents and serving as Guardian ad litem to children in DFCS cases in DeKalb County Juvenile Court.
  • In March 2013, in connection with her small business HR compliance practice, Michelle LeGault attended an all-day Continuing Legal Education seminar on “Advanced Employment Law” sponsored by the Atlanta Bar Association’s Labor & Employment Law Section.
  • In March 2013, in connection with her representation of parents facing abuse and/or neglect cases in juvenile court, Michelle LeGault attended the Georgia Association of Counsel for Children’s 3-day Youth Law Conference in Atlanta, Georgia.
  • In March 2013, Michelle LeGault was a webinar presenter on “Managing Your Law Practice and Your Life:  Work/Life Balance and the Value of Engaging in Bar, Pro Bono and Community Activities” sponsored by the Atlanta Bar Association’s  Sole Practitioner/Small Firm and the Atlanta Council of Younger Lawyers Sections.  See more info here.
  • In February, 2013, Michelle LeGault attended a Continuing Legal Education seminar entitled “Young Brains and Education: What is the return on investment for high quality child care? What can you do to ensure high quality child care for court and agency involved children?” a Georgia Child Welfare Legal Academy program, in connection with her parent attorney work.
  • In January 2013, in connection with her representation of parents in child deprivation proceedings in the DeKalb County Juvenile Court, Michelle LeGault attended a day-long Continuing Legal Education seminar called “Show Me the Money!” which focused on financial and other resources for Georgia’s children.
  • In November 2012, Michelle LeGault attended a mediation training sponsored by the Parent Attorney Advocacy Committee and held at the DeKalb County Juvenile Court.
  • In November 2012, Michelle LeGault volunteered at the Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation’s Annual Wine Tasting and fundraiser event.
  • In August 2012, Michelle LeGault participated in a Family Resource Fair sponsored by the City of Decatur schools and provided information and materials to parents and students on student discipline issues and other school law issues.
  • In August 2012, Michelle LeGault attended a Parent Attorney Training held at the DeKalb County Juvenile Court which focused onClient Centered Representation, Focusing on Permanency, Working with SAAGs, the Georgia Court Process Reporting System and Trial Skills – Cross Examination.
  • In June 2012, Michelle LeGault participated in a webinar on “Understanding and Overcoming the Challenges Faced by LGBTQI Youth in Schools and Communities” put on by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention’s National Training & Technical Assistance Center.
  • In May 2012, Michelle LeGault attended a Continuing Legal Education seminar on “Understanding Trauma-Informed Care and its Value to Children in Foster Care” presented by the Georgia Child Welfare Legal Academy.
  • On May 7, 2012, Michelle LeGault teamed up with Natasha Patel to present a free seminar called “Parents Raising Children With Special Needs”.  The seminar focused on education advocacy and special needs planning.
  • In March 2012, Michelle LeGault attended a training on “Understanding Psychological Evaluations” presented by Pathways Training Academy of Decatur, GA, in connection with her parent attorney work in DeKalb County.
  • In March 2012, Michelle LeGault attended Continuing Legal Education seminars on (1) Education Advocacy for Children with Special Needs; (2) Employment Law for Non-Profit Organizations; and (3) Unemployment Hearings.
  • In February 2012, Michelle LeGault participated in a discussion on “Meeting the Needs of LGBTQ Youth” led by experts from the American Bar Association Section of Litigation and Center on Children and the Law Opening Doors Partnership and co-sponsored by Holland & Knight.
  • Michelle LeGault has been approved to represent parents in child deprivation matters pending in the DeKalb County Juvenile Court.
  • In February 2012, Michelle LeGault represented and served as Guardian ad litem pro bono two public school students on truancy petitions in the Fulton County Juvenile Court through the Truancy Intervention Project.
  • In February 2012, Michelle LeGault attended a Continuing Legal Education seminar on “School Discipline and Youth in Foster Care” presented by the Georgia Child Welfare Legal Academy.
  • In January 2012, Michelle LeGault attended a Continuing Legal Education seminar on “Reconnecting Families and the Cobb County Family Dependency Treatment Court” presented by the Georgia Child Welfare Legal Academy.
  • In November 2011, Michelle LeGault attended a seminar on “Concurrent Planning” presented by the Georgia Child Welfare Legal Academy.
  • On November 7-9, 2011, Michelle LeGault attended the Georgia Youth Law Conference presented by the Georgia Association of Counsel for Children.
  • On October 21, 2011, Michelle LeGault was recognized as “Best New Volunteer”, one of the Saturday Lawyer Program Awards given by the Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation, at the Atlanta Bar Association’s 2011 Celebrating Service Luncheon and Pro Bono Fair. Read more.
  • In October 2011, Michelle LeGault attended a webinar presented by the National Criminal Justice Association on  “Using Evidence Informed Principles in Juvenile Justice: Lowering Recidivism and Reducing Secure Detention”.
  • In October 2011, Michelle LeGault spent a week in Havana, Cuba, with a group of Minnesota attorneys in cooperation with the National Union of Cuban Jurists to learn more about Cuba’s legal system.
  • In October 2011, Michelle LeGault attended a Continuing Legal Education seminar on “Reinstatement of Parental Rights” presented by the Georgia Child Welfare Legal Academy.
  • In October 2011, Michelle LeGault attended the 8th Annual Emory Public Interest Committee (EPIC) Conference on “Child Law:  Past, Present and Future”.
  • In September 2011, Michelle LeGault attended a Continuing Legal Education seminar on “Georgia’s Compliance with the Indian Child Welfare Act” presented by the Georgia Child Welfare Legal Academy.
  • In September 2011, Michelle LeGault attended a Continuing Legal Education seminar on “Avoiding and Mitigating the Pitfalls of Independent Contractor/Employee Misclassification” sponsored by the Business & Finance, Labor & Employment Law, Tax Law and Workers’ Compensation sections of the Atlanta Bar Association.
  • In July 2011, Michelle LeGault attended a Continuing Legal Education seminar on “Legal Remedies for Undocumented Children” presented by the Georgia Child Welfare Legal Academy.

Charitable Contributions

  • Fugees Family (recurring November 2016 to present)
  • Southern Poverty Law Center (recurring November 2016 to present)
  • Georgia Equality (recurring November 2016 to present)
  • JRDF One Walk (Atlanta) (Fall 2016)
  • No Kid Hungry/Share our Strength (late summer 2016)
  • YMCA of Metro Atlanta, East Lake Family YMCA (recurring Fall 2014 to present)
  • JRDF Walk to Cure Diabetes (Fall 2014)
  • Atlanta Legal Aid Society (sponsored a seat for an ALAS employee to attend the 90th anniversary celebration) (October 2014)
  • Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (August 2014)
  • DeKalb CASA (4th Annual Golf Tournament, June 2014)
  • Atlanta Legal Aid Society (Annual Campaign, June 2014)
  • National MS Society, Georgia Chapter (Winter 2014)
  • DeKalb CASA (Judge Elliott A. Shoenthal Memorial, December 2013)
  • Children’s Hospital of Atlanta (Holidays 2013)
  • JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes (Fall 2013)
  • American Diabetes Association (Summer 2013)
  • American Cancer Society (Relay for Life, Spring 2013)
  • Southern Poverty Law Center (recurring 2013 to May 2014)
  • Fugees Family “Get that Bus” bus fundraiser (one time, 2013)
  • National Association of Counsel for Children (recurring 2012 to May 2014)
  • Atlanta Legal Aid (recurring 2012 to May 2014)
  • Georgia Justice Project (Thanksgiving 2012)
  • National MS (Multiple Sclerosis) Society (Fall 2012)
  • Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation (Winter 2011)
  • Georgia Justice Project (Winter 2011)
  • Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (Winter 2011)