Throughout her legal career, district judge Michele Morel has demonstrated a commitment to justice for families and individuals of all ages. She entered the profession as a law clerk in the Research and Appeals Division of the Jefferson Parish District Attorney's Office in Louisiana, where she quickly advanced to the position of Assistant District Attorney. Over the course of seven years, Michele Morel gained experience in a number of different venues, including the Felony Division, Second Parish Court, the Juvenile Division, and the Support Enforcement Division.
By that time, also busy in private practice, Michele Morel subsequently served as the first coordinator of the Victim Assistance Program in the Lafourche Parish District Attorney's Office. Buoyed by her successes in this role, she then assumed leadership of a failing support collection program in the office's Support Enforcement Division, which she turned around in less than two years. Also successful in a similar position in Terrebonne Parish, she has remained involved in juvenile law as Secretary of the River Parishes Juvenile Justice Center Commission formerly known as the St. James Youth Center's Multijurisdictional Commission and supported its efforts to build a new 96-bed youth detention center.
In addition, Michele Morel is a dedicated legal educator and the local media covered her activity as a mentor in the Louisiana State University School of Law's Trial Advocacy Training Program, an intensive three-day course in courtroom skills. She has also taught practicing attorneys through the National Institute for Trial Advocacy, where she has served as an instructor in the institute’s deposition-skills course. She received her juris doctorate from the Loyola University New Orleans School of Law and is an active member of the Louisiana State Bar Association. Michele Morel now serves as a district judge in Hahnville, Louisiana.