Michelle Behan is an Honorably Discharged Veteran from the United States Navy, where she served nearly ten years as a Cryptologist. After separating from the Navy, Ms. Behan spent five years as a Special Agent for the Federal Bureau of Investigation in both South Dakota and Arizona, where she investigated violent crimes on the Indian reservations, crimes against children, and national security crimes.
Ms. Behan received national recognition from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) for her work in a two-year international parental kidnapping case that involved the United States Marshals, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, and multiple divisions of the FBI.
Ms. Behan also received recognition from the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of South Dakota for her work on many interstate crimes involving the sexual exploitation of minors.
Ms. Behan is a 2013 graduate of the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law. While in law school, Ms. Behan was an active participant in the Veteran’s Advocacy Clinic, where she acted as defense counsel for indigent Veterans charged with criminal misdemeanors.
Ms. Behan’s zealous advocacy on behalf of Veterans led to her selection by the Law School Faculty to present an amicus curiae brief (on behalf of the defendant) to the Federal Court of Appeals for the U.S. Armed Forces, the highest military court in the country.
Ms. Behan also received the prestigious Darrow K. Soll Award, which is given to the graduating student who most exhibits the tenacity and persistence in the area of criminal defense.
Most recently, Ms. Behan is proud to have been asked to serve the office of Arizona Senator Jeff Flake as part of a regional committee dedicated to veteran’s issues, where she will continue her efforts to make life better for American Veterans.
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