Professor Mickles began her law practice as an attorney for Legal Aid of Greater Cincinnati, representing low income individuals and families who have experienced domestic violence. Her experiences include representing and assisting persons with obtaining medical coverage, social security, unemployment benefits, and cash/food assistance. She has also assisted and represented individuals with divorce, custody and support challenges. In addition to her work as an attorney, she served as the Assistant to the Ombudsman for the Water in Basement Program, advising homeowners who experienced sewer backups in their basement of their rights. She also helped to draft the annual report to the United States District Court Southern District of Ohio on this issue.
Eighteen months ago Mickles began working with the University of Cincinnati College of Law’s Domestic Violence and Civil Protection Order Clinic. As supervising attorney, she assisted in the training and coaching of second- and third- year law students participating in the clinic. She also taught and trained third-year law students in all aspects of legal comportment, including litigation skills and interviewing techniques, evidence introduction, direct/cross examinations, and opening/closing statements. Additionally, Professor Mickles supervised clinic participants in all aspects of clinical practice, from initial interview through trial. This includes case assessment, analysis, and application of doctrinal learning to real life practice.
While in law school she worked as a legal intern at the Second Chance Litigation Clinic at Chase. During this time Mickles had the unique opportunity to argue before the Twelfth District Court of Appeals against the retroactive application of the Ohio sex offender residency laws on behalf of an individual enjoined from living in his residence due to an offense prior to the passage of the residency restriction law.
Professor Mickles has given numerous presentations to tri-state organizations on various aspects of domestic violence. This includes presentations on obtaining stalking, criminal and civil protection orders; assistance available to domestic violence survivors; the dynamics of domestic violence; and more.