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JUDICIAL EXPERIENCE:

I am currently the longest serving District Court Judge in the 26th Judicial District (Mecklenburg County).  I was appointed and elected to the District Court bench in 1998.  I have presided in every District Court including Criminal, Civil, Juvenile, Criminal and Civil Domestic Violence, Child Support and Domestic Courts.  I was selected by a former Chief Justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court to serve on the Judicial Study Committee to design training for District Court Judges and to the Media and Courts Forum  to educate the Media regarding court-related matters.


LEGAL EXPERIENCE:

I have 14 years of criminal and civil practice in state and federal courts as:

  • Assistant District Attorney in the 26th Prosecutorial District - Mecklenburg County
  • Senior Trial Attorney for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
  • Attorney Advisor at the Office of Hearings and Appeals of the Social Security Administration
  • Staff Attorney/Reginald Heber Smith Fellow for Legal Services of the Southern Piedmont.


EDUCATION:

Bachelor of Arts and Juris Doctorate Degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 


PROFESSIONAL INVOLVEMENT:

  • Member of the North Carolina Bar Association
  • NC State Bar
  • John S. Leary Bar
  • NC Association of Women Attorneys (past Member of Board of Governors and Advisory Committee)
  • Charlotte Women’s Bar
  • Women Executives 
  • Faculty for the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (Domestic Violence Institutes) - provided National/International Judicial training
  • Past Board Member for the Mecklenburg County Bar
  • Lead Judge for the Model Courts, Domestic Violence, Juvenile and Child Support Committees
  • UNC-CH Law Alumni Board and Outreach Committee
  • Co-Chair of the 26th Judicial District and Community Building Initiative Partnership Project


CIVIC INVOLVEMENT:

  • Former Co-Chair of the Z. Smith Reynolds Advisory Committee
  • YWCA Board of Directors
  • Women’s Impact Fund
  • Civic Leadership Board of the Foundation for the Carolinas
  • Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Founder of Chapter’s Excellence in Youth Award Program 
  • The Links, Inc. (former Alumna Links Committee Chair)
  • Junior League of Charlotte - Sustaining Member
  • Former Member of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. (Charlotte Chapter)
  • Mount Carmel Baptist Church Board of Directors, Married Couples Ministry Co-Leader, former Deacon and Youth Leader


FAMILY:

Proud wife of Mr. Rick Mitchell and mother of two young adults and MiMi to one wonderful granddaughter. 


AWARDS AND HONORS: 

  •  2016 Top Women of Excellence - RADIO ONE
  • 2016 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient - UNC-Chapel Hill Law Alumni Association Board of Directors
  • Awarded the Order of the Long Leaf Pine in 1980 as an undergraduate.  I am one of the youngest persons to ever to receive this award.
  • Leary Bar Association’s Outstanding Jurist Award
  • National Coalition of 100 Black Women Queen City Metropolitan’s Strategic Alliance Award
  • Charlotte Community Services Association’s Community Service Award
  • Lawyers Weekly’s Leaders in the Law, Women of Justice, and Mecklenburg Times’ 50 Most Influential Women for outstanding leadership and professionalism (1st recipient to receive all three consecutive awards)
  • Mecklenburg County Bar’s Julius L. Chambers Diversity Champion Award for the embodiment of high ethical standards, unquestioned integrity, consistent competence and champion of diversity in the legal profession
  • Charlotte Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.’s Soror of the Year
  • Harvey E. Beech Outstanding Black Alumni Award from UNC-CH.