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Michelle Tellock

Senior Associate
Washington, D.C.

Michelle Tellock

Michelle Tellock has dedicated her career to helping educational institutions fulfill their missions. Michelle's practice covers a range of regulatory, litigation, and transactional matters.

During this time of incredible growth and change in the industry, Michelle helps colleges, universities, accrediting organizations, and other educational institutions and associations maintain focus on their most critical priorities by interpreting government regulations, identifying potential compliance concerns, and adapting policy and procedures with minimal disruption to existing operations. Michelle's deep knowledge of higher education lets her tailor her advice to an individual institution's specific needs.

Michelle was very active in the legal community in law school. She gained firsthand experience as a legal intern in the Yale University Office of the Vice President and General Counsel. She was also a leader of the Education Adequacy Project, a clinic focused on school finance litigation. She also served on the board of Yale Law Women and as an editor of both the Yale Journal of Law & Feminism and the Yale Law & Policy Review. Michelle was also a teaching fellow in several departments at Yale, and she worked in the admissions offices at Yale Law School and Johns Hopkins University.



Representative Experience

Regularly advises colleges and universities on complying with Title IX and the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act (VAWA).

Advises clients on compliance with regulations related to the Title IV federal student financial aid programs.

Regularly assists clients in responding to investigations by federal and state agencies and accrediting bodies.

Advises clients on compliance with "state authorization" requirements and participation in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement.

Advises colleges and universities on applications for accreditation and matters related to continued accreditation.

Advises clients on compliance with federal regulations related to human subjects research.

Education and admissions


  • J.D., Yale Law School, 2011
  • B.A., with honors, Phi Beta Kappa, Johns Hopkins University, 2007

Bar admissions and qualifications

  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland
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