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Michelle King is a Co-founder of the Center for the Study of Sport in Society’s Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP) Program. Currently an Assistant District Attorney with the Worcester County District Attorney’s office, King is also a consultant with the MVP program, leading trainings and lectures, and teaches a course in bystander intervention at Northeastern University.
King first joined the Center in 1994 as an intern, and soon became the MVP Project Coordinator. In that position she created a version of MVP to deliver to female student-athletes, writing the MVP Playbook for women.
In 1996, King left the Center to attend law school at Widener University School of Law in Wilmington, Delaware, where she received her Juris Doctorate degree with a specialty in health law in 1999. In 2000, King completed a Master’s in Public Health at Boston University. After completing a one-year judicial clerkship in the Massachusetts Trial Court Probate and Family Court Division, she joined the Worcester County District Attorney’s Office as an Assistant District Attorney in the Appeals Unit, where she remains. She represents the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in responding to the full range of criminal offenses, many focused on violence against women and children, including murder, sexual assault, rape, and child sexual abuse. In her position, she previously represented the Worcester County District Attorney’s Office on the Massachusetts Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force, which was instrumental in facilitating passage of human trafficking legislation in Massachusetts. Her community outreach efforts include facilitating mock trials with the Leominster Junior Police Academy’s Summer program for middle school-aged students.
In 2012, King returned to Sport in Society as a consultant with the MVP program, incorporating her in-depth knowledge of the criminal justice system and of legal issues related to alcohol and consent into MVP trainings and lectures. She is a part-time lecturer in the College of Professional Studies at Northeastern University, where she teaches a course on Bystander Strategies for the Prevention of Gender-Based Violence.
King has also taught at numerous other educational institutions including, New England Law-Boston (legal writing), and Becker College (Topics in Law and Theories of Criminology), as well as guest lecturing at many other colleges and universities.