Photograph: Michelle Ewert

Michelle Y. Ewert

Director of the Law Clinic
Professor of Law
B.A., Illinois Wesleyan University, 2000
M.P.P., University of Minnesota, 2003
J.D., University of Wisconsin Law School, 2006
Contact Information:
Room 220
"Clinic provides students the incredible opportunity to develop their lawyering skills and professional identity in a carefully supervised environment. My role as supervisor is to help create colleagues who will do excellent work for their clients, promote the administration of justice, and elevate the reputation of the bar."

Michelle Ewert joined Washburn Law in 2017. Previously, she was a clinical teaching fellow in the Civil Advocacy Clinic at the University of Baltimore School of Law. Prior to that, Professor Ewert was staff attorney and housing law supervisor at the Homeless Persons Representation Project (HPRP) in Baltimore, where she litigated subsidized housing cases. She also worked as a staff attorney at Central California Legal Services (CCLS) in Visalia, California and at HOPE Fair Housing in Wheaton, Illinois. Professor Ewert has represented low-income clients, including survivors of domestic violence and people experiencing homelessness, in both urban and rural settings and has been actively involved in the legal services community. Her research focuses on systemic race and gender-based discrimination in housing policy.

Professor Ewert is a graduate of Illinois Wesleyan University, received a Masters in Public Policy from the University of Minnesota, and earned her J.D. from the University of Wisconsin Law School. She is a member of the California, Illinois, Kansas, Maryland, and Wisconsin bars.

Professor Ewert is Director of the Washburn Law Clinic.

Professor Ewert's Justice Quote:

"...recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world..." – Preamble to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (full text)

Professor Ewert's Recommended Reading on Racial Justice:

Teaching Responsibilities
  • Washburn Law Clinic
  • Writing for Law Practice
Support Staff
Kerri Pelton
Clinic Room 113D