Michelle Newton

Michelle Newton

Assistant Clinical Professor, Family Law Clinic

  • Degrees:

  • J.D., Seton Hall University School of Law | B.A., Montclair State University
  • Contact:

  • [email protected]
  • Tel: 973-642-8709

Michelle A. Newton is an Assistant Clinical Professor who directs the Family Law Clinic in the Center for Social Justice. Professor Newton concentrates her practice in domestic violence, divorce, non-dissolution, and post-judgment matters.

Professor Newton began her legal career as a law clerk to the Honorable Daniel D'Alessandro, Judge of the Superior Court of New Jersey, Family Part. A litigator with over a decade of experience, Professor Newton went on to represent clients in many areas of Family Law at Dennigan Cahill Smith, LLC, and she also served as an Early Settlement Panelist in the Superior Court of New Jersey, Mercer Vicinage. Professor Newton most recently represented low-income, disabled, and elderly individuals as a staff attorney at Northeast New Jersey Legal Services. In this capacity, her practice focused on the areas of Public Benefits Law and Education Law.

Professor Newton is a proud graduate of Seton Hall Law School, magna cum laude, where she was also inducted into the Order of the Coif. During her time in law school, she was recognized as a Distinguished Scholar, and was also awarded the Center for Social Justice Award for the Most Significant Contribution in the Family Law Clinic, the Charles H. Revson Law Student Public Interest Fellowship, and the Animal Legal Defense Fund Advancement of Animal Law Scholarship.

Professor Newton's areas of interest include Animal Law. Between 2018 and 2021, she served as the Co-Chair of the New Jersey State Bar Association Animal Law Committee, and she has spoken on multiple panels regarding the intersection of Family Law and Animal Law, and other related topics.