Roberta S. Mitchell, one of Capital University Law School’s longest-serving professors and a champion for victims of family violence, retired at the end of the 2011 academic year.
Professor Mitchell, a member of the faculty since 1972, taught Interviewing, Counseling and Negotiation and courses in Alternative Dispute Resolution and Mediation.
In addition to her teaching, Professor Mitchell served as co-director of the Capital University Law School Center for Dispute Resolution, which provides training services to individuals and organizations interested in using conflict management and dispute resolution skills to effectively prevent and resolve disputes. She was instrumental in developing the Law School’s legal writing program in the 1970s.
Her interest in reaching out to the community and underserved populations led to the creation of the Family Advocacy Clinic to serve victims of domestic violence who may not meet eligibility criteria to receive legal aid assistance but who are nonetheless unable to afford a private attorney.
Professor Mitchell was the only woman in her 1972 Capital Law School graduating class – the first full-time day class in the university’s history. As such, she became the first female graduate of Capital University Law School’s full-time day program. She also served as editor-in-chief of Capital’s first Law Review in 1972.
Professor Mitchell serves on the Columbus Coalition Against Family Violence Legal System Task Force, which focuses its efforts on reforming the criminal justice system through providing legal assistance for victims, judicial reform, and improved training of law enforcement officers and prosecutors.