Mike Thurston's Education and Legal Experience
Mike graduated from the University of Illinois with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science, and Minor in Russian and Eastern European Studies.
Law School & Law School Graduation
Mike enrolled in his first year of Law School – Catholic University, Columbus School of Law.
Mike Completed his final 2 years of law school at Loyola Chicago School of Law. He graduated in May of 2005.
Illinois State Bar Exam
Mike took and passed the Illinois State Bar Exam during the Summer of 2005.
Assistant State’s Attorney
Mike served as Assistant State’s Attorney – Winnebago County State’s Attorney’s Office, Illinois (August 2005 to July 2007).
Nicole's Match Day
Upon completion of medical school, Nicole received her match (April 2007) to pursue her residency. Nicole focused her residency in Internal Medicine and Fellowship in Gastroenterology through Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.
Georgia State Bar Exam
Mike took and passed the Georgia State Bar Exam during the Summer of 2007.
Assistant District Attorney
Mike served as Assistant District Attorney – Clayton County DA’s Office, Georgia (October of 2007 – August of 2008).
Graduate Degree: Master's in Political Science
Mike attended graduate school at Georgia State University, from the Fall of 2008 through the Fall of 2009.
He received his Master’s Degree in Political Science in December of 2009.
Senior Assistant District Attorney
Mike served as Senior Assistant District Attorney, Clayton County DA’s Office – Supervisor of the Crimes Against Women’s Unit (September of 2009 - July of 2013).
Mike Receives his Law License (WI)
Swearing in Ceremony with Justice Roggensack.
Mike received license to practice law in Wisconsin (December of 2012).
Mike’s Master’s Thesis was published by Lexington Books in 2013
“Should We Press the Victims?: Uneven Support for International Criminal Tribunals.” Pages 135-148. Trials and Tribulations of International Prosecution. Published in 2013 by Lexington Books.
Assistant District Attorney, Sensitive Crimes Unit, Milwaukee County
Mike served as Milwaukee County Assistant District Attorney, Domestic Violence Unit and Sensitive Crimes Unit (January of 2014 – December of 2015).
Treasurer for the Association of State Prosecutors
Mike served as Treasurer for the Association of State Prosecutors – trade association that advocates on behalf of prosecutors statewide - August of 2014.
Assistant District Attorney, Regional (VAWA) Resource Prosecutor, Waukesha County
Mike joined the Waukesha County DA’s Office as the County’s first Regional Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Resource Prosecutor – December of 2015
Vice President of the Association of State Prosecutors
Mike promoted to Vice President of the Association of State Prosecutors.
Assistant District Attorney, Sensitive Crimes Prosecutor, Waukesha County
Mike transitioned from his role as a VAWA Resource Prosecutor to a County Sensitive Crimes Prosecutor – January of 2017
Appeared in front of Assembly’s Judiciary Committee
Mike appeared in front of the Assembly’s Judiciary Committee. This appearance involved Representative Cindi Duchow’s efforts to amend our State’s rules regarding bail (January 11, 2018).
President of the Association of State Prosecutors
Mike is elevated to President of the Association of State Prosecutors (January of 2018).
Deputy District Attorney, Waukesha County
Mike was promoted to Supervising Deputy District Attorney, Waukesha County, supervisor of the newly created Sensitive Crimes and Domestic Violence Unit (Fall of 2019).
Appeared in front of the Assembly's Judiciary Committee
Mike appeared in front of the Assembly's Judiciary Committee. This appearance involved Representative Cindi Duchow’s constitutional and statutory amendments regarding bail reform in Wisconsin (February 2, 2022).
Mike Launches Campaign for District Attorney of Waukesha County
After nearly 2 decades of legal experience fighting for victims’ rights, Mike launches his campaign to run for District Attorney of Waukesha County