Rodney C. Mitchell, Esq., Founder
Rodney Mitchell is known as an effective attorney and zealous, community advocate. Directly out of law school, he served as a judicial law clerk in the D.C. Superior Court. Later, as the legal advisor and reentry policy analyst for the D.C. Criminal Justice Coordinating Council, Mitchell played a pivotal role in the development, planning and implementation of the District of Columbia's first reentry program.
Mitchell was appointed by D.C. Mayor, Adrian M. Fenty to serve as his principle advisor on reentry and ex- offender issues. He served as the first Executive Director in the D.C. Office on Ex-Offender Affairs and Coordinator of the D.C. Public Defender Service's Community Reentry Program where he put in place highly effective programs and systems that assisted disconnected District residents navigate the reentry process.
Mitchell is a native of Southeast, Washington, D.C. and a proud product of D.C. Public Schools. However, Mitchell also has deep roots in South Central, Los Angeles. As a younger man, Mitchell experienced the streets, incarceration and reentry, first hand. From these real-life episodes, he has acquired keen insight and understanding regarding the challenges of his clients and is able to offer advice from the perspective of one who has been there... In many ways, he serves by example and is known to often share his personal "story" to encourage and offer support to clients struggling to survive the stressful period of reentry and reintegration.
While turning a major corner in his life in the early 90's, Mitchell became deeply involved in community organizing, journalism and grass-root advocacy. With family ties to the street gangs of L.A. and disheartened by the number of violent deaths of young African American and Latino males, Mitchell co-founded an organization that brought a message of peace and reconciliation directly to the streets, public housing projects and neighborhoods of Los Angeles via "street corner peace rallies" and demonstrations to end gang violence.
At the same time, Mitchell went back to school, starting with basic adult education, then to junior college and later graduated at the top of his class from the University of California, Berkeley with a Bachelors of Arts degree in African American Studies and Public Policy. He studied law at the George Washington University Law School where he received his Juris Doctor degree. Mitchell is barred in the District of Columbia and has dedicated his entire civic and professional career to protecting the rights of others.
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