Professor of Law at Texas A&M school of law
Professor Mitchell is a Professor at Texas A&M University where he holds a joint appointment in the School of Law and in the Agricultural Economics Department. At Texas A&M School of Law, he co-directs the Program in Real Estate and Community Development Law. He is a national expert on property issues facing poor and minority communities and he has published leading scholarly works addressing these matters. In terms of policy work, Professor Mitchell served as the Reporter (the principal drafter) for the Uniform Partition of Heirs Property Act (UPHPA), which was promulgated by the Uniform Law Commission (ULC) in 2010. The UPHPA represents the most substantial legal reform effort in modern times to stabilize ownership of tenancy-in-common properties (commonly referred to as heirs’ property), which are primarily owned by poor and minority families. The UPHPA has been enacted into law in eight states thus far and several others will be considering it. Professor Mitchell also has an extensive record of doing community engagement work and to this end he was one of ten national recipients of the Elizabeth Hurlock Beckman Award in 2013 based upon his work mentoring law students who have then go on to do critically important work as lawyers on behalf of disadvantaged communities.
Professor Mitchell is a graduate of Amherst College, the Howard University School of Law, and the University of Wisconsin Law School where he received an LL.M. (masters of law) and served as a William H. Hastie Fellow.