In 1995, Judge Michael was appointed Chief Counsel to Judge Kenneth Turner. In 1997, he became Magistrate Pro Temp. In 1998, he was awarded the Child Advocacy National Certificate of Recognition by the American Bar Association of Young Lawyers for "Significant Legal Contribution to Advancing the Welfare of our Nations's Children". In 2001, Judge Turner appointed him to the bench as a full-time Juvenile Court Referee. In January 2013, Judge Curtis S. Person appointed him as Chief Magistrate and Special Judge.