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Michael Cecil Nelson

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.

Background

  • Nelson, Michael Cecil was born on November 22, 1948 in Denver, Colorado, United States. Son of William and Ilona (Phillips) Nelson.

  • Education

    • AB, Stanford University, 1970. Juris Doctor, University Arizona, 1977. Graduate, National Institute Trial Advocacy, 1980.

    Career

    • 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.

    Major achievements

    • 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.

    Works

    Politics

    Party affiliation: Democrat

    Membership

    Board directors Dineh Hogan Association, 1978-1982.

    Connections

    • Married Sally Deswood, August 13, 1977 (divorced 2006). Children: Rachel, Miriam, David.
    • father: William Nelson
    • mother: Ilona (Phillips) Nelson
    • spouse: Sally Deswood
    • children: Rachel Nelson
    • Miriam Nelson
    • David Nelson
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    Born November 22, 1948
    (age 68)
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