Log In

Michael Cecil Nelson Edit Profile

judge , mediator

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.

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

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