Michele Yankson graduated from New York University School of Law in 2014 where she was a Root-Tilden-Kern public interest scholar and received the Gary E. Moncrieffe prize for outstanding work in the area of Racism and the Law. After graduation, Michele clerked for the Hon. Solomon Oliver, Jr. on the Northern District of Ohio, and the Hon. Joseph A. Greenaway, Jr. on the Third Circuit Court of Appeals. While in law school, Michele served as a student advocate with Make the Road New York, where she worked with children and families in housing and immigration courts, and with the Equal Justice Initiative, where she assisted in the representation of an individual sentenced to juvenile life without parole. During this time, she also interned at the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, and the Detroit Center for Family Advocacy. Before law school, Michele taught middle-school language arts and reading in Miami, and earned a B.A. in English and Sociology with honors from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.