About the Director
Michael Carney oversees the program as the director. For the past 16 years, he has been involved in advocacy for survivors of domestic and sexual violence. As an undergraduate, he was heavily involved in the Sexual Aggression Peer Advocates student group. Through this organization, we ran a 24/7 crisis line for students and surrounding community members to call when they were in need.
After graduating from the University of Missouri School of Law in 2010, he began his career with Mid-Missouri Legal Services, Corp. in Columbia, MO. MMLS is LSC-funded program to provide free civil legal services to low-income individuals. Over the course of the next 7 years, he actively litigated hundreds of cases, including divorce, custody, paternity, evictions, and protection orders, among many others. In 2011, he began an externship program in conjunction with Mizzou Law where advanced law students assist in providing legal representation in housing-related matters. In August 2012, he was hired as an adjunct professor at Mizzou Law, where he led a practicum in housing law and taught a course state and federal landlord/tenant law. Throughout all of this, he continued to support the Mizzou Family Violence Clinic through guest lectures and supervision of law students in representation in protection order cases.