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Michelle Silverthorn

Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism
Diversity & Education Director
Chicago, IL, USA

Michelle Silverthorn is a recognized leader in diversity, education, and inter-generational dynamics. As the Diversity & Education Director for the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism, Michelle expands the Commission’s national presence through blogs, social networking sites, and online discussion groups on legal education, diversity and young lawyers.

Michelle is also the chief instructional designer for the Commission’s numerous educational offerings, including our new hour-long series of online interactive courses. In addition, Michelle works with law schools, law students and other legal groups, developing interactive and dynamic education courses and workshops. She writes and speaks frequently on inter-generational issues in the workplace. She is certified both in instructional design and intercultural competency.

Prior to joining the Commission, Michelle worked as a litigation associate with Schiff Hardin in Chicago and Latham & Watkins in New York City. She also previously worked as an arts and entertainment journalist in Trinidad and Tobago, a legal researcher in Puno, Peru and Geneva, Switzerland, and a volunteer teacher in Gaborone, Botswana and Almaty, Kazakhstan.

Michelle grew up in the Caribbean and now lives in Chicago with her husband Daniel and their two daughters. She volunteers in her local and professional community, including serving as Co-Chair of the Michigan Law Alumni Club of Chicago, Director for the Princeton Club of Chicago, and an elected Community Representative for her Local School Council. Michelle received her undergraduate degree from Princeton University and her law degree from the University of Michigan Law School.

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