John and Frances Angelos Law Center, Room 1108
Administrative Assistant: Tiffany Ralph
John and Frances Angelos Law Center, Room 1112
J.D., Chicago-Kent College of Law
B.S., cum laude, Illinois State University
Areas of Expertise
Law and Democracy
Legal Research and Writing
Mitchell is a visiting associate professor and interim director of the Introduction to Advocacy Program, where she teaches Torts, Introduction to Legal Skills, and Introduction to Advocacy. Mitchell previously taught in the Fundamentals of Lawyering Program at The George Washington University Law School.
Mitchell is a former active-duty Air Force Assistant Staff Judge Advocate (JAG), where she prosecuted military members for misconduct, counseled hundreds of legal assistance clients, and deployed to Afghanistan as a NATO Rule of Law Field Support Officer. She is currently a member of the District of Columbia Air National Guard.
After leaving active duty, Mitchell worked on Capitol Hill as a military legislative assistant and counsel for a United States senator, and handled the senator's defense and veterans affairs portfolios. In this position she prepared legislative and regulatory language for inclusion in annual defense appropriations and authorization bills, and she was responsible for developing and executing strategies to advance legislative and policy objectives.
Mitchell’s research interests include exploring the intersections of law and political institutions to identify ways that American institutions can be changed to increase democratic representation; increasing neurodiversity awareness in the legal practice and legal systems; and promoting professional identity formation in law school curriculum through skills-based classes and experiential learning.
Teaching to Neurodiverse Law Students,
29 PERSPS. 49 (2022).
Junior Faculty Forum, University of Richmond School of Law, presented paper "Why 435? How Capping the Number of Members in the House of Representatives Decreases Democratic Representation," (work in progress), Richmond, VA (May 23, 2023)
Junior Faculty Forum, University of Richmond School of Law, presented paper "Why Not More States? States’ Importance to Democracy and Statehood’s Relevance to Twenty-First Century America," Richmond, VA (May 12, 2022)
Legal Writing Institute One-Day Workshop, South Texas College of Law Houston, presentation on "Rebranding the Self-Reflection," virtual (December 10, 2021)
Legal Writing Institute One-Day Workshop, University of Louisville Louis D. Brandeis School of Law, presentation on "Breaking Down Barriers and Building Professional Identity Formation," virtual (December 3, 2021)
Central States Regional Legal Writing Conference, University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law, presentation on "Nothing Robotic About It: Professional Identity Formation is the Core of Legal Education," Kansas City, MO (October 23, 2021)