Faculty & Staff

Michelle Shughart

Adjunct Instructor

Michelle Shughart is an Assistant District Attorney for Dallas County, where she prosecutes felony cases. Her daily duties include negotiating plea bargain settlements, investigating criminal activities, case preparation, drafting legal documents, interviewing and preparing witnesses for trial, and anticipating legal issues.

Michelle also teaches as an adjunct professor for the Dallas County Community College District, at both the North Lake and El Centro Campuses. Specifically, she has taught the Texas Family Code, Divorce Mediation, Introduction to Mediation, Introduction to Conflict Management, Cross Cultural Dispute Resolution, Advanced Mediation, and Negotiation. She has mediated a variety of family divorce cases involving property and custody disputes.

She completed her Juris Doctorate from Southern Methodist University, having passed the BAR prior to graduation. In addition, she completed her Master's of Arts in Dispute Resolution from the Southern Methodist University Simmons School of Education and Human Development. She continues her education within dispute resolution by attending seminars and courses given by top professionals in the field, including certification from the Gottman Relationship Institute. Recently Michelle has participated in an Ethics Colloquy with Southern Methodist University advisors, professors, attorneys, and doctorate students to discuss ethical issues within a variety of areas.