Michelle is the Co-Director of the Air and Space Law Program at the University of Mississippi School of Law and an instructor of aviation and space law. Michelle received her B.A. in Political Science from Yale College and her J.D. magna cum laude from the Georgetown University Law Center. She earned her LL.M in Air and Space Law from McGill University where the focus of her research was commercial space and the intersection of commerce and public law. Prior to focusing on space law, Michelle was engaged in a private business law practice. Her legal career commenced with the restructuring of sovereign debt for a number of South and Latin American countries and evolved into the negotiation and implementation of cross-border technology mergers and acquisitions. Her subsequent solo practice advised entrepreneurs across four continents on all aspects of bringing their innovative ideas to market: from basic corporate formation to financings and buyouts.
Michelle is a Co-Founder and the President of For All Moonkind, Inc., a nonprofit corporation that is the only organization in the world focused on protecting human cultural heritage in outer space. For All Moonkind has been recognized by the United Nations as a Permanent Observer to the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space. Michelle is a founding partner of ABH Aerospace which offers advice and guidance to clients in respect of all aspects of aviation and space law. She serves as the Executive Vice President of the National Space Society and Chairs its International Committee. Michelle also serves on the Drone Advisory Council of CompTIA. She is the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Space Law and the faulty advisor to its sister publication, the Journal of Drone Law and Policy.