Michele works primarily in the areas of adoption, assisted reproductive technology (ART), and parenting. Her practice is particularly focused on developing legal protections for families, including families headed by same-sex couples.
Michele has successfully represented over 600 clients, hundreds of them same-sex couples, in transactions including adoptions, international adoptions, surrogacy, and egg and sperm donation. In Washington, DC, and Maryland, Michele is one of the attorneys who first established laws that enable both same-sex partners to be legal parents to their child. Michele is an expert on state laws governing surrogacy and same-sex parentage.
Michele is an active member of the Bars of the District of Columbia and Maryland. She received her J.D. from the Columbus School of Law at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. in 1979, and her B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1974.
Michele has been elected to the American Academy of Assisted Reproductive Technology Attorneys and to the American Association of Adoption Attorneys. She served on the District of Columbia Federal Judicial Nominating Commission for more than 8 years by appointment of Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton. She also served on the Adoption Rules Committee for the Superior Court of the District of Columbia and worked with Equality Maryland on a review of the Maryland Constitution and Code for discrimination against same-sex couples. In addition, Michele was the founder of the first "Maybe Baby" group in Washington DC. Maybe Baby is an educational program for same-sex couples considering family building options. Michele also served on the first Board of Directors for the Mautner Project for Lesbians with Cancer. Currently, she sits on the Board of Rainbow Families D.C. and is on the National Center for Lesbian Rights National Family Law Advisory Council. She also was appointed to the D.C. Child Support Guidelines Commission by the D.C. City Council, and selected to the Friends of the Superior Court.
Michele has taught courses in Sexual Orientation and the Law, and AIDS and the Law at The George Washington University and The Washington College of Law at American University, where she was named Outstanding Adjunct Professor in 1999.
Michele has been given numerous awards for community service from LGBT organizations in the Washington area, including the Gertrude Stein Democratic Club, the Whitman-Walker Clinic, Women in the Life, and the Capitol Pride Director’s Award for Family.