Michele Selig Worobiec, JD, CCM

TASC Chief Counsel

With direct judicial experience and policy expertise in diversion initiatives and alternatives to incarceration, Michele Selig Worobiec serves as chief counsel for the Center's parent company TASC (Treatment Alternatives for Safe Communities), where her leadership responsibilities include corporate compliance, risk management, policy analysis and development, court relations, and coordination of activities with outside counsel.

Prior to joining TASC in 2017, Michele gained over 20 years' experience in court policy, systems-approach strategies, and evidence-based practices to support criminal justice reform. She served as a private attorney, magistrate and acting judge, statewide judicial services leader, and, most recently, policy counsel for the Supreme Court of Ohio, where she also served as the state drug court coordinator. Her court experience included presiding over criminal, civil and, specialized dockets.

Michele advised the Commission on Specialized Dockets and Supreme Court senior administration on policy initiatives, criminal justice strategies, evidence-based practices, and the court certification program that has grown to over 220 dockets. She is an accomplished state and national presenter, and was appointed to the National Review Board and the Implementation Advisory Group for the National Association of Drug Court Professionals (NADCP) Adult Drug Court Best Practice Standards. She is credentialed by the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) as a technical assistance provider.

In 2016, she led a nine-state regional team to create a first-of-its-kind Regional Judicial Opioid Initiative (RJOI), whose opening summit convened 150 senior-level court, executive branch, elected officials, and private sector delegates. Michele was appointed to the ongoing leadership team charged with addressing continuity of services, treatment capacity, and epidemiological data.

Michele served on Ohio's state implementation teams for the $16M Addiction Treatment Court Pilot and $4.4M specialized docket staff funding projects, and also oversaw the publication of Principles for the Use of Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) in Drug Courts.

Michele earned her BS in psychology and her JD from The Ohio State University, where she graduated summa cum laude, with honors in the liberal arts, and she was designated as one of the top 10 graduating seniors by the president of the university. She is admitted to practice law by the U.S. Supreme Court, Supreme Court of Ohio, Supreme Court of Illinois (pending) and U.S. District Court, Northern and Southern Districts of Ohio. She is also a certified court manager by the National Center for State Courts.