Jason Mitchell received his Juris Doctorate in law from Syracuse University College of Law in 2003. In 2005, he received his second law degree from California Western School of Law, the Master of Laws in Federal Criminal Defense and Trial Advocacy. He is currently completing a Ph.D. in International Relations, Political Philosophy, and Comparative Politics. His research agenda is focused in the areas of the law of war, terrorism, international and domestic criminal law, international relations theory, international human rights, theory building, and critical legal theory applied to the study of terrorism and political violence.
Mr. Mitchell teaches courses in Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Criminal Trial Evidence, and Trial Advocacy. He is the Director of the Trial Advocacy Program, and the co-coach of the UNLV Criminal Justice Mock Trial Team. He also serves as the Faculty Advisor for the Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, as well as the Faculty Advisor for the National Society of Collegiate Scholars.
Mr. Mitchell is very active in the community, volunteering regularly with the State Bar of Nevada, and has served as the resident mock trial coach at both Spring Valley High School, and The Leadership and Law Preparatory Academy at Canyon Springs High School where he coached high school students in National Mock Trial Competitions. He has also served as a judge in the Nationwide We The People competition in 2014.
He is the founder, president, and chairman of the board of directors of the Human Rights and Social Justice Center, Inc., a not-for-profit nongovernmental organization that will work with legal and human rights organizations around the world in seeking to promote critical inquiry regarding key issues of international and domestic criminal law, and international human rights. The Human Rights and Social Justice Center, Inc. will eventually provide pro bono legal services both internationally and domestically in the fields of criminal defense, capital punishment, international human rights, civil rights, extradition, and political asylum.