Michele Selig Worobiec, JD, CCM

TASC Vice President and Chief Counsel
312-573-8250

With direct judicial experience and policy expertise in diversion initiatives and alternatives to incarceration, Michele Selig Worobiec serves as vice president and 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.

Bringing forth a broad range of legal, judicial, and policy experience, she is a recognized expert in the development and implementation of justice interventions for people with substance use and mental health conditions, from pre-arrest deflection to court-based interventions to community-based, post-incarceration programs that reduce recidivism.

An international expert on diversion, alternatives to incarceration, and specialized case management, Michele has traveled extensively to offer consultation for states and nations seeking effective strategies for interrupting cycles of substance use and justice system involvement. She has authored curricula and delivered training to cabinet members and national policy leaders, and has also been a featured speaker at numerous conferences, including those hosted by NADCP, American University, and the Indiana State Department of Health.

Michele joined TASC in 2017, bringing more than 20 years' experience in court policy, systems-approach strategies, and evidence-based practices. She began her career as a private attorney in Ohio before serving on the bench for seven years, presiding over criminal and civil cases as well as the drug, mental health, and veterans courts. From there, she advanced to the position of policy counsel for the Supreme Court of Ohio. She 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, and is credentialed by the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) as a national consultant. Michele also serves as a board member of the National Alliance for Model State Drug Laws (NAMSDL).

Michele’s wide-ranging justice experience has brought her face-to-face with the nation’s opioid epidemic, and she has led aggressive efforts to diminish the deadly impact of opioids, fentanyl, and other drugs. In 2016, she led the formation of 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. She also provided leadership on Ohio's state initiatives that allocated $20M for specialized dockets and medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for 220 courts, and 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. Michele is admitted to practice law by the U.S. Supreme Court, Supreme Court of Ohio, Supreme Court of Illinois and US District Court, Northern and Southern Districts of Ohio. She is also a certified court manager (CCM) by the National Center for State Courts.

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