Head ShotMichelle Mbekeani-Wiley, Community Justice Staff Attorney

Michelle Mbekeani-Wiley focuses on police reform within schools and policy reform on criminal justice issues, including bench warrants, youth diversion and mental health, court fines and fees, and money bail. Michelle earned her B.A. from Stony Brook University and her law degree from the University of Chicago Law School, where she was awarded the Tony Patino Fellowship. In law school, Michelle served as a law clerk for the Police Accountability Clinic and for the Invisible Institute, the Chicago-based civic journalism outlet that demanded the release of police video of the fatal shooting of Laquan McDonald. Michelle started her legal career with the Civil Rights Team at Equip for Equality, providing legal assistance to individuals living with disabilities. As a former Émigré Memorial German Fellow, she worked for Germany’s State Parliament in the Department of Education and Integration advocating for primary/secondary language assistance programs for immigrant children in Germany. She has led various service initiatives in Malawi focused on women's health and sexual violence. Michelle currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Invisible Institute and is a Commissioner on the Village of Oak Park’s Community Relations Commission. She is Vice President for the League of Women Voters - Oak Park and River Forest Chapter and also serves as the Advocacy Chair for the Chicago Urban League's Metropolitan Board.