Michele Bertran, MS, JD, is the former director of the Omega Women's Leadership Center. Before joining the Omega staff, she was the family division manager for the Superior Court of New Jersey, Essex Vicinage. Bertran began her career in the Superior Court in 1993 as a law clerk and held a number of positions before managing the family division of the court, including the position of New Jersey’s first Judiciary ombudsman.
Bertran earned her law degree from the Rutgers University School of Law and was admitted to the New Jersey Bar in 1993. While at Rutgers Law School, she served as editor-in-chief of the Women’s Rights Law Reporter and helped to found the first children’s rights organization at the school, for which she received several honors. She also was honored with awards from the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Women in Federal Practice in New Jersey, Women Lawyers in Bergen County, the Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund, and the Rutgers School of Latin American Law Students organization.
Michele Bertran is a Fellow of the National Center for State Courts and also holds a master of science degree in counseling from Long Island University. Before attending law school, she worked as a family therapist.