Michelle Sanders is currently the First Assistant Public Defender in Macon County, where she assists with the administration of the office and carries a full felony caseload. Prior to that position, she served for five years as a judicial law clerk for Justice Lisa Holder White on the Fourth District Appellate Court. Before her clerkship, Michelle was an Assistant Public Defender in Macon County. Since 2014, she has also been an adjunct professor at Millikin University, teaching undergraduate courses in Constitutional Law, Civil Liberties, and Ethics in Criminal Justice.
summa cum laude from Western Illinois University in 2002 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English. She earned her juris doctorate from Southern Illinois University School of Law in 2007, where she wrote for the SIU Law Journal and served as a Taylor Mattis Fellow.
Currently, Michelle serves on the Macon County Criminal Justice Council and the Macon County Juvenile Justice Council. She also assists with the Decatur Bar Association’s annual mock trial event. Further, Michelle is the president of Games for Troops, Inc., a local nonprofit organization. Michelle previously served on the Board of Directors for Heritage Behavioral Health Center from 2015 until 2018, and as a moderator for the Teen Court diversion program from 2008 until 2015.