Professor Mitchell received a B.A. from the University of Utah in 1981 where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and received a Phi Kappa Phi Graduate Fellowship. She received her J.D. from the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law in 1984, and was Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Energy Law and Policy and a member of Order of the Coif. Upon graduating from the College of Law, Professor Mitchell served as a law clerk for The Honorable Bruce S. Jenkins, U.S. District Court for the District of Utah. She then became Vice President of Business Affairs for American National Enterprises, Inc., Salt Lake City, and of counsel to Giauque & Williams, Salt Lake City.
In 1989, Professor Mitchell joined the College of Law administrative team, serving first as Assistant Dean for Admission and Student Services and then as Associate Dean for Program Development and Communications. In 1995, she joined the faculty as a full-time Clinical Professor of Law.
Before attending law school, Professor Mitchell was Director of Special Projects at Penrose Cancer Hospital in Colorado Springs and Director of the School of Radiation Oncology Technology at Norfolk General Hospital at Eastern Virginia Medical School.
Professor Mitchell’s research interests focus on the neuroscience of learning disabilities, especially those that affect writing. Her career reflects her stong interest in teaching professional skills. She received the Peter W. Billings Excellence in Teaching Award in 1999, and the University of Utah Award for Distinguished and Exemplary Service to Students with Disabilities in 2003.
Professor Mitchell teaches Legal Methods, Legal Writing and Editing for Teaching Assistants, and Judicial Process.