Joanne Michaels is the Director of the National Traffic Law Center (NTLC) of the National District Attorneys Association, which provides technical support and legal research to prosecutors and law enforcement across the country. Prior to this position, she was a Senior Assistant District Attorney for the Onondaga County District Attorney’s Office in Syracuse, NY, and was Bureau Chief of the DWI Unit from April 2000 – August 2006. Joanne was also previously a member of both the Special Victims and Violent Felony Bureaus within the Onondaga County District Attorney’s Office.
Joanne is a graduate of Salem State College and Vermont Law School. She was the President of the Onondaga County Bar Association in 2003. She teaches at continuing legal education seminars across the country on all issues pertaining to impaired driving and vehicular crimes prosecutions. In addition, she lectures to law enforcement agencies and other traffic safety personnel on all issues pertaining to impaired driving and highway safety issues.
In addition to teaching and lecturing, Joanne is one of the authors of the New York Prosecutors Training Institute’s Vehicular Homicide Manual for Prosecutors, and NTLC manuals – DWI Prosecutor’s Notebook and The Criminal Justice System: A Guide For Law Enforcement Officers and Expert Witnesses in Impaired Driving Cases.