"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." -- Margaret Mead
Grateful that she has been giving the ability to assist others, Michele has served as a volunteer attorney for many organizations including the New York City Bar Center for Justice - a joint project of the City Bar Justice Center and the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.
Under the auspices of the New York City Bar, she has served as a mediator with the Departmental Disciplinary Committee Complaint Mediation Panel for the First Department as well as a member of the Association of Arbitrators / The Civil Court of the City of New York where she has served as a commercial claims arbitrator.
In prior years, Michele has served with the Civil Legal Advice and Resource Office (CLARO) a program in cooperation with the New York State Courts Access to Justice Program, Fordham Law School, the Legal Aid Society, and the Bronx Supreme Court assisting pro se defendants in consumer collection actions.
She has been pleased for many years to participate in judging New York Law School's Annual Robert F. Wagner National Labor and Employment Law Moot Court Competition, (the Wagner Competition) the nation's largest student-run moot court competition. She has assisted in teaching negotiation skills at New York Law School as part of their Dispute Resolution classes.
Michele has assisted as a volunteer attorney with the New Jersey State Bar programs which have included the "Wills for Heroes" project serving Veterans; assisting distressed homeowners after Super Storm Sandy; and coaching a local NJ High School Moot Court Team. She has served as a volunteer attorney assisting the Northeast New Jersey Legal Services (NNJLS) program which provides free legal representation to eligible low-income, disabled, and senior residents of Bergen, Hudson and Passaic Counties.
Michele has taught at Hofstra University participating in the undergraduate real estate finance classes as a guest lecturer; and is certified and has taught as a New York State continuing education instructor for local and state Boards of Realtors (as well as REBNY, PropertyShark University, and Manhattan, NY based real estate firms).
Michele is a certified guardian and receiver for the State of New York.
She is pleased in 2019 to assist as a small claims arbitrator for the Lincoln County Circuit Court in Newport, Oregon.
In 2015, her German Shepherd Jenny received her certification as a therapy dog with Therapy Dogs International (TDI) in order to offer emotional support to those in need. Michele has accompanied Jenny on visits working and supporting libraries in assisting dyslexic children to read; retirement communities; hospitals; and universities.
TDI Certified German Shepherd Jenny, offers some relaxing times with Columbia University students during exam week.