Soeurette Michel, Esq., LLM
Event Chair, NAAHP Conference (2018)
Ms. Soeurette Michel is the CEO and Founder of The Michel Law Firm, LLC based in South Florida. Ms. Michel is a skilled and well-respected attorney with broad experience in the areas of business litigation, criminal defense, immigration and naturalization law, and human rights.
Ms. Michel earned an Associate Degree with honor from Valencia Community College. She received her Bachelor of Sciences (B.S.) in Legal Studies, her Master Degree in Criminal Justice, and a Graduate Certificate in Juvenile Justice Leadership from the University of Central Florida (UCF). Ms. Michel graduated with her Juris Doctor from Florida A&M University College of Law where she founded the first Caribbean Law Student Association and served as the President for one year; she served as the community service chair for the student’s body; and served as a Moot Court Member. She graduated Cum Laude with her Masters of Law (LLM) in Intercultural Human Rights from St Thomas University School of Law where she was law review member. Ms. Michel has been involved in assisting and advocating for migrants in the Dominican Republic for the past 20 years and wrote her LLM thesis on “Human Trafficking of Haitians within Haiti and the Dominican Republic: A Human Rights Approach,” in which she outlined the challenges facing Haitians’ victims of human trafficking especially in the Dominican Republic. She also graduated from Pembroke Pines Citizens Police Academy. Lately Ms. Michel has been involved in the migration crisis facing Haitians who travelled through central and South America to come to the United States in the quest of better opportunities.
Ms. Michel is also a proud graduated of the University of Haiti State where she graduated with a B.A in Social Communication, Public Relations, and Journalism in 1998. Before she immigrated to the US in 2001 Ms. Michel worked as an Administrative Assistant and Consultant for different national and international organizations in Haiti in the field of Immigration, Communication, and Education.
Ms. Michel is involved in local, state bar associations, and her community. She served for two years on the Board of Directors for Legal Services of Greater Miami. She is also serving as a member of the Florida Bar Consumer Protection Law. Ms. Michel has volunteered countless hours to assist Haitian nationals with their TPS applications in the US; she is one of the attorneys working on the Cholera case against the United Nations on behalf of the victims in Haiti and contributed extensively in writing and proofreading the two Amicus Briefs submitted to the NY Southern District Court of Appeals. In addition, Ms. Michel has been involved with advocating on behalf of Haitians migrants living in the Bahamas, Canada, the Dominican Republic, Brazil, and Mexico. She serves on the Finance Committee at Saint Bartholomew Catholic Church, Miramar, Florida. In October 2015 Ms. Michel coordinated as the Southern District Regional Chair the successful Friends of Haiti Inc. (FOH) 2nd Haitian Diaspora Presidential Debate in Miami, Florida. Ms. Michel in addition has been a panelist at different conferences, town hall meetings, and community outreach events on the topics of immigration, human rights, advocacy, criminal justice and immigration reforms.
Ms. Michel has been honored and recognized by many governmental, academic and social organizations for her outstanding work, commitment, support, and involvement in her community including but not limited to the Ministry of Haitian Living Abroad (MHAVE) of the Haitian Government, the Southern District of Florida Pro Bono Honor Roll, the Miami-Dade County Bar Association for both the “President’s Distinguished Leadership Award to Advance Pro Bono (2017), “Advocate of Pro Bono Commitment Award (2016)”; the Haitian Lawyers Association for “Advocacy Award (2016)”; the Association of Exchange and Development of Activities and Partnership Inc. for “Woman & Leadership Award (2015)”; Amnesty International; the Florida Immigrant Coalition (FLIC); the Orange County for a Drug Free Community; the Department of Treasury (IRS); the National Criminal Justice Honor Society; the International Mission on Diplomacy; the National Dean List; the National Scholar Honor Society; Florida A&M School of Law; the Center for Multi-Cultural and Wellness; Valencia Community College; and the Black High Achievers Club.