Michele Childs is an attorney with the Vermont Office of Legislative Council, providing nonpartisan legal, policy, and drafting services to the Vermont General Assembly on matters relating to the judiciary, criminal justice, and family law. During her career at Legislative Council, she has written hundreds of laws on a wide variety of topics, including the country’s first civil union law and Vermont’s marriage equality laws. In addition to her duties as counsel to the Senate and House Committees on Judiciary, the House Committee on Corrections and Institutions, and the Joint Committee on Corrections Oversight, Michele serves as a liaison between the General Assembly and the Judiciary. In this capacity, she advises the Joint Committee on Judicial Retention in its deliberations regarding the retention of justices and judges and she assists the Joint Committee on Judicial Rules regarding its review of rules promulgated by the Vermont Supreme Court. She is the director of continuing legal education for Legislative Council, a frequent speaker on legislative process, the former staff chair for the Law and Criminal Justice Committee of the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), and the current New England Regional Correspondent for The Legislative Lawyer published by NCSL. Michele grew up in suburban Atlanta, Georgia and graduated from Georgia State University with a BA in Journalism. She received her Juris Doctor from Vermont Law School and is an alumnus of the Legislative Clinic. Michele has a deep love of nature and has an extensive history of both volunteer and paid work in wildlife protection advocacy, including working for several years for the Humane Society of the United States on legislative and regulatory matters. She is a co-author of the Wildlife Law Chapter in Wild Neighbors: A Humane Approach to Living with Wildlife (Humane Society Press). She lives in Montpelier with her husband and two daughters.