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Michelle K. Wilson

Attorney Advisor
District of Columbia Department of Corrections

wilson-michelle-2In January 2020, Michelle K. Wilson joined the District of Columbia Department of Corrections as an assistant attorney adviser. In her current position, Wilson assists in providing the agency’s director and executive leadership with legal advice, and reviews and draft s the agency’s policies and proposed legislation.

Before her current role, Wilson served as an assistant attorney general for Maryland. She also currently works as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Baltimore School of Law.

Since moving to Maryland in 2001, Wilson has actively engaged in community work and was recently appointed to serve as a commissioner for the Maryland Real Estate Commission by Gov. Larry Hogan. She is also working with a group of judges in Baltimore to create a mentoring program for high school students affected by the pandemic.

“At the start of the pandemic, I like many other people, felt isolated and in my own small world,” Wilson says. “The level of disconnect was startling. My purpose was to build on our relationships, to remind my sisters in the law that we were in this together and that we could still be together even in this time of separation.”

Wilson also serves as the president of the Alliance of Black Women Attorneys where she says she has worked to foster an environment of sisterhood and togetherness amid the COVID-19 lockdown. This year the organization raised $1,000 for ScholarChips, an organization that offers college scholarships and mentorship to young people with incarcerated parents.

Letam Duson, the president-elect for the Alliance of Black Women Attorneys of Maryland called Wilson an “intelligent, hardworking, and professional” attorney who is a “dedicated public servant.”

Wilson holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Delaware, where she studied hotel, restaurant and institutional management. She received her law degree from the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law in 2004.

“At the start of the pandemic, I like many other people, felt isolated and in my own small world. The level of disconnect was startling. My purpose was to build on our relationships, to remind my sisters in the law that we were in this together and that we could still be together even in this time of separation.”

This is a winner profile from The Daily Record's 2021 Leadership in Law awards. Information for this profile was sourced from the honoree's application for the award.