Michelle Paxton

Michelle Paxton
Director of Children's Justice Clinic and Attorney Education Fellowship Program (Faculty) 402-472-3271
Personal Information

Michelle Paxton directs the Children's Justice Attorney Education Fellowship Program and the Children's Justice Clinic at the College of Law and the Center on Children, Families and the Law. Michelle believes that effective advocacy in juvenile court requires both an understanding of the law and appreciation for the complex dynamics of children, families and stakeholders comprising the child welfare and juvenile system.

Michelle received her J.D. from the University of Nebraska College of Law in 2002. She has served as a Deputy County Attorney in Douglas and Lancaster Counties, specializing in juvenile law, domestic violence and general criminal prosecution. She also served as the Director of Legal Training at the University of Nebraska's Center on Children, Families and the Law, developing curriculum and training child welfare workers, probation officers and mental health professionals on all aspects of juvenile court process and procedure in Nebraska. Bottom line, while Michelle loves a good PowerPoint, she thrives by helping others be zealous advocates.

  • Hastings College, BA (English, Spanish and Psychology)
  • University of Nebraska-Lincoln, College of Law, JD
Areas of Interest: 
  • Juvenile and Family Law
  • Legal advocacy for children and Guardian ad litem representation
  • Child protection policy
  • Judicial education on child welfare issues
  • Domestic violence
  • Foster Care
  • Adoption
Professional Activities & Community Service: 
  • Child Guidance Center, Board of Directors
  • Nebraska State Bar Association, Member
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