Michelle Nahon Moulder earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from Missouri State University (MSU) and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Tulsa College of Law. She has served as an Assistant Federal Public Defender with the Office of the Federal Public Defender for a total of more than 18 years. Michelle began her legal career with a small private firm, Greene & Curtis. She joined the Federal Public Defender’s Office in 1995 and after 5 years, returned to practice at Greene & Curtis, where she was quickly promoted to partner. Like so many successful small law firms, Greene & Curtis merged with a large firm. At that time, Michelle went to work as in-house counsel for Prime, Inc. Michelle’s passion is the defense of the indigent and when the opportunity arose, Michelle returned to work for the Federal Public Defender’s Office where she has remained for more than 13 years. In addition to her regular duties, Michelle serves on the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri’s Re-Entry Court team and the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri’s Diversity Council.
Michelle also has a passion for community service. She has served on several community boards and committees. In 2016, she completed her service as President of the Springfield-Greene County Library Board of Directors. She currently serves on the MSU Alumni Association Board of Directors. Michelle is also an active member of the Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association (SMBA) having served on the Board of Directors twice. She has served on the SMBA Law Day Committee for almost 20 years, having chaired that committee for 2 years.
In 2012, Michelle was recognized for her service receiving the Missouri Lawyer’s Weekly Women’s Justice Public Service Practitioner Award. She is also a past recipient of the SMBA’s President’s Award.
Michelle is licensed to practice law in the State of Missouri, the District of Columbia, the United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri and the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.