Michelle has made volunteering to her profession and community a primary focus in her time outside of work. She is currently the President of the Board of Directors for Payback,Inc., a non-profit that helps break the cycle of juvenile delinquency by putting juveniles to work at non-profits to work off their debt to their victims. Through fundraisers, PayBack actually pays back the victims based on the number of hours the teenagers work at the non-profits. In 2011, Michelle helped raise over $25,000.00 for the charity with an underground run in a cave called the Sandmine Challenge: http://www.sandminechallenge.com/.
Legal Seminar presentations:
“Legal Drafting” for the St. Louis Paralegals Association, 2002.
“Advanced Legal Drafting” for the National Business Institute (NBI), 2003 & Fall 2007.
“Nursing Home Negligence,” for NBI, Fall 2007.
“Free and Low-Cost Legal Research: Strategies for Legal Research on the Web”, for NBI, May 2008; wrote “How to Search Like a Pro” & “Investigative Research: Public Records and “Publicly Available Information”.
“Automobile Litigation: Strategic Issues and Answers” for NBI, presentation in March 2009; composed materials on “Medical Records: Interpretation and Strategic Use of” & “Experts: Finding the Right Ones, Affordability, and Strategies”.
“Fast & Free Online Research For Your Legal Practice” for NBI, presentation in June 2011; composed materials on “Finding Information about Opposing Parties and Potential Witnesses”, “Ethics in the Digital Age” and “Using Online Evidence in Litigation.”
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|MO||Good Standing, Active||1999||01/08/2013|
|IL||Not Authorized To Practice Law - Not Currently Registered,Has Not Demonstrated Required MCLE Compliance||2000||08/17/2015|
|Award Name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|Outstanding Service||The Missouri Bar Young Lawyer's Section||2008|
|Outstanding Service||The Missouri Bar Young Lawyer's Section||2007|
|Partner||The Law Offices of Michelle M. Funkenbusch||2011 - Present|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys||Member||2011 - Present|
|Truman State University||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|St Louis Univ School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||N/A|