Higher Education Advocates
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About Michele Baker Richardson, Founder and President
Michele has been in the business of working with, and advocating for students, for most of her professional career. Upon graduation from Yale Law School over 20 years ago, she set her sights on working to provide students with the very resources that she sought when pursuing her educational and professional goals. She has worked with students in numerous capacities including as a legal research and writing instructor at Stanford University, as a law professor, acting dean of students, founder and director of the academic support program at Chicago-Kent College of Law and DePaul University Law School, and most recently as Associate Dean of Students at the University of Chicago Law School where she served from 2007 – 2011.
After graduating from Brown University, where she majored in Economics, and working in the advertising industry in New York City for a number of years, Michele made the decision to attend law school. There she was an active student participating in the Yale Law Journal, and co-founding an organization called Women of Color and the Law that brought accomplished women of color to campus to serve as role models for Michele and her peers. She worked for public interest organizations, most notably the Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights, and for various law firms, including Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, Alston & Bird, and Hogan & Hartson where she began her practice a few years later. Upon graduation from Yale, Michele served as a judicial clerk for the late Chief Judge A. Leon Higginbotham, Jr. on the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in Philadelphia, PA. She completed her teaching fellowship at Stanford Law School thereafter, and then practiced Health Law for three years in Washington, D.C. for Hogan & Hartson prior to beginning her academic career.
Throughout her career, Michele has always found a way to work with students. While practicing law at Hogan & Hartson, Michele volunteered as a mentor and tutor in the D.C. public schools, and taught 7th graders in a Lawyers’ in the Classroom program. While teaching law, she served as director of the Vacation Bible School program and youth leader at her church. Together with her students, she helped establish a college readiness essay review program at Kenwood High School during her tenure as Dean of Students. Michele continues to volunteer in the Chicago Public Schools, as the co-director of the Read-to-Me program sponsored by the Chicago Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. In addition, she serves as chair of the Board of Directors for Advocate Health and Hospital Systems. Together with her husband, Dr. James Richardson, Michele has mentored, numerous individuals including neighbors, friends and relatives. With a freshman in college and two high school students of her own, she is “walking the walk” and understands, on a personal level, what you’re going through.
Higher Education Advocates is a dream come true for Michele, and she looks forward to using her expertise to advocate for your student – from artist to athlete to math whiz – throughout the higher education admissions process to help them achieve their highest potential and find the perfect college “fit” for them.