Michael became the Legal Rights Center's fifth Executive Director in 2006.
He first joined the Legal Rights Center staff as a part-timer in 2001, following service as a volunteer -- here and at Mid Minnesota Legal Assistance. In 2003, he was selected as the Chair of the (then) newly reconstructed Minneapolis Civilian Police Review Authority, serving in that capacity for three years. During that period, he wrote monthly columns for the Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder newspaper.
Michael has co-authored a chapter for the book: "Getting More Out of Restorative Practice in Schools" (Jessica Kingsley Publishers. 2019), and he has a forthcoming article in the Mitchell Hamline Law Review He has also published several StarTribune Op-eds and one article in Hennepin Lawyer..
Prior to his work with legal nonprofits, Michael was employed in academia, primarily as Visiting Writer at Trinity College in Connecticut. He received a Master of Fine Arts degree from Cornell University.