Meet Michael Hess

Trine University - Jannen School of Arts & Sciences
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Meet Michael Hess

Retired prosecuting attorney provides first hand knowledge

B.S. - Michigan State University, J.D. - Thomas M. Cooley Law School
I am originally from Michigan, and received a Bachelor of Science degree in criminal justice from Michigan State University in 1974. I served four years as a deputy sheriff on the Grand Traverse County Sheriff Department from 1974 until I entered law school in 1978 at Cooley Law School in Lansing, Mich. I received my Juris Doctor degree in 1981 and moved to Angola, Ind., that year. I worked for several years as the public defender of Steuben County until accepting a position in 1987 as chief deputy prosecuting attorney. I continued to serve in that capacity under two different prosecutors until 2010 when I was elected prosecuting attorney for the 85th Judicial Circuit. I retired from that elected position in July 2014 to teach at Trine University.

I teach Introduction to Criminal Justice, Community -Based Corrections (probation, parole) and Politics in State and Local Government.

My hobbies include motorcycling and camping. I belong to several motorcycle organizations, including the Indiana Blue Knights, a law enforcement-based club.