Each year, Mitchell alumni reach back to help current students successfully navigate through law school.  Many alumni serve as mentors, participate on career panels, conduct informational interviews, offer shadowing opportunities, help students with mock interviews, and connect with students through other informal and formal means.

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Our alumni

William Mitchell has a rich history of opening wide the doors of access to people from all backgrounds. A few of our most distinguished alumni include:

William T. Francis 1904

First African American to achieve the rank of  minister in the foreign service (U.S. minister to Liberia)

Lena O. Smith ’21

First woman African American lawyer in  Minnesota

Stephen L. Maxwell ’53

First African American district court judge in Minnesota

Rosalie E. Wahl ’67

First woman on the Minnesota Supreme Court

Regina Chu ’80

First Asian American female district court judge in Minn.

Christopher Thao  ’86

First Hmong lawyer in the U.S.

Lenor Scheffler ’88

Partner at Best & Flanagan

Peter Reyes ’97

Minnesota Court of Appeals

Hassan Ali Mohamud ’02

First Somali law graduate in Minnesota

Ben Omorogbe ’95

Managing counsel and second vice president at The Travelers Companies, Inc.