Party affiliation: Democrat
Michael Cecil Nelson was American judge, mediator. Bar: Arizona 1977, Navajo Nation, 1977, United States District Court Arizona 1977, New Mexico 1978, United States District Court New Mexico 1978, United States Court Appeals (9th and 10th circuits) 1981, United States Tax Court 1988. Board directors Dineh Hogan Association, 1978-1982.
Staff attorney DNA-Peoples Legal Services, Window Rock, Arizona, 1977-1979, litigation attorney, 1979-1983. Special staff assistant Office Chairman Navajo Nation, 1983-1985, legal counsel office of chairman, 1985-1987. Private practice, 1987-1989.
Presiding judge Apache County Superior Court, 1989—2003. Retired, 2003; settlement judge/mediator, since 2003. Instructor Navajo Community College, 1978-1982, 82-89.
Member board bar commissioners Navajo Nation Bar Association, 1979-1984, 85-89, vice president, 1984-1985. Chairman Arizona Court Forum, 1994-2003, chairman committee judicial education + training, 1996-2003. Board directors Southern Arizona Legal Aid, 1995-2006.
- The Winters doctrine: Seventy years of application of reserved water rights to Indian reservations (Arid Lands Resource Information paper)
- Implications for a Future Non-Linear Doctrine: Operations of German Army Group South (Winter, 1942-1943)
- Reversing the Winters doctrine?: Denying reserved water rights for Idaho wilderness and its implications (Research publication)