Black History Month Interview with Michele Anderson

By WLALA Member Felicia Forman

February 2021

Michele Anderson is an impressive and experienced prosecuting attorney with the City Attorney’s Office. Michele started advocating for herself at the early age of five-years-old and when she grew up, she looked to law school to help fund a music career. Along with working fulltime, Michele attended the evening program at Southwestern University School of Law where she was a member of the Black Law Students Association. Fortunately for the legal community, she never stopped practicing law and has been a prosecuting attorney for over thirty years. She has specialized in a variety of practices such as domestic violence, child pornography, real estate mortgage fraud, OSHA violations, and consumer affairs as well as being a drug recognition expert. She describes it as her “quest for learning” that led her to a wide diversity of areas of practice.

Along with being on the Board of Governors for WLALA, Michele is a member of Black Women Lawyers of Los Angeles, Langston Bar Association, and California Association of Black Lawyers. She serves as a District 9 Governor for California Women Lawyers Association. She is also on the executive board of the Los Angeles County Bar Association where she serves as the Secretary for the Conference of California Bar Associations (and in two years she will be the president). She is the past chair of the County Bar’s delegation to the bar associations, past chair for the criminal justice section, and programs director and senior chair for committees. Outside of the legal realm she is on the board of directors for MusicUNTOLD.

Michele has been able to make a vast impact with voting rights and the legislative process. She strives to make sure everyone is fully informed of their right to vote, what they are voting for, and what it means so that people can intelligently exercise their voice. She has also participated in several panels regarding knowing your rights and when to exercise them safely. She helped write a Know your Rights booklet that was shared throughout the state of California with all high school students.

In her little free time during this pandemic, Michele has enjoyed painting, making soaps, baking banana chocolate chunk bread, and spending time with her family.