Michelle S. Cofield

Director of Career Services

Education

Biography

Michelle Cofield was born and raised in Charlotte and has lived in Chapel Hill and Raleigh since graduating from law school.  Cofield comes to the law school from the North Carolina Bar Association Foundation where she worked with the Public Service and Pro Bono Department for nearly 15 years.  For five years, she served as the statewide coordinator of the signature program 4ALL.  She was that managing attorney for NC LEAP.  She also served as the staff liaison for several committees including the Latino Affairs and Minorities in the Professions committees where she coordinated law student outreach programs among other things.

She received her Juris Doctor and Bachelor of Arts (Journalism) degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  She was very active with the campus community in law school and during her undergraduate years.    During law school, she served as the assistant attorney general.  She was an active member of BLSA and Phi Alpha Delta Legal Fraternity.  As an undergraduate student, she served as the assistant attorney general.  She was involved with the Carolina Union Activities Board, Class Marshal, Delta Sigma Theta and the Black Greek Council.

Between college and law school, Cofield worked in advertising for a local weekly newspaper in Charlotte.   Upon graduation from law school, she served as a staff attorney with North State Legal Services, Inc. (Hillsborough) with a general legal services practice.  She also served as a member of the Labor and Employment and Housing Law Oversight Committee for Legal Services of North Carolina, Inc.  She changed career paths and accepted an appointment as the Assistant Dean of Students at her alma mater, UNC Chapel Hill, where she worked with students from all disciplines and classifications.

Cofield serves on the board of the Wake County Bar Association and the 10th Judicial District and has served as the Public Service Committee chair for two years.  She is a former member of the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on the Delivery of Legal Services and was the founding executive director for the North Carolina Equal Access to Justice Commission, appointed to that position by former North Carolina Chief Justice I. Beverly Lake.  Cofield has been a featured speaker at various local, statewide, regional and national meetings and conferences including the National Conference of Bar Presidents, the American Bar Association’s Equal Justice Conference, the Wake County Bar Association, the North Carolina Bar Association Foundation’s Continuing Legal Education Department, and a variety of higher education conferences and programs.

She is a member of the North Carolina State Bar, the North Carolina Bar Association, the Wake County Bar, the 10th Judicial District, the American Bar Association and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority.  She was sworn in to practice before the US Federal Court, Western District.

Cofield is married and lives in Raleigh.  She has two children.