David Mitchell is the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and the Ruth L. Hulston Professor of Law at the University of Missouri, School of Law. He is an affiliate of the Departments of Black Studies and Sociology. He is an interdisciplinary scholar who looks at the criminal justice system using a sociological lens, specifically focusing on the collateral consequences of sentencing, ex-offender reentry and reintegration, and felon disenfranchisement. He served as a law clerk to the Honorable Andre M. Davis, formerly of the U.S. District Court in Baltimore, MD. He earned law degree and doctorate in Sociology from the University of Pennsylvania with his dissertation entitled, “Unintended Consequences?: An Interdisciplinary Exploration of the Obstacles that Prevent Successful Ex-Offender Reentry and Reintegration and the Societal Impact.” His scholarship includes articles on the impact of collateral consequences on communities of color, zero tolerance policies, ex-offender reentry and the retroactive application of laws. He has served on numerous academic, and been interviewed and quoted in a variety of news outlets. He is a member of the American Law Institute, and of the Missouri State Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, serving as Chair in 2016-17. He has been recognized for his teaching and community engagement – Gold Chalk Award (2009); Legion of Black Collegians Minority Faculty and Staff Appreciation Award (2011); 2014-2015 Lloyd L. Gaines Scholarship Banquet Honoree; and the MU President’s Community Engagement Award (2015).