A former hockey Mountie, Mitchell earned both his BA and BEd from Mount Allison and began his career as a teacher and coach, working in Massachusetts and Michigan. It was in the classroom where he heard his legal calling.
“This was when I made my decision to go to law school, and Mount Allison played its own role in preparing me for all that has occurred since I graduated.”
He took the LSATs in 1993 and enrolled at the University of Maine School of Law in 1994. He returned to his hometown of Calais, ME, practicing law in a number of areas including civil, family, probate, and criminal with his father John (’68).
David says, “It was a great honour to be able to practice with my father, having a wealth of knowledge in the very next room.”
The Mitchells come from a long-line of Allisonians, dating back over 100 years. The Mount Allison family connections include David’s great grandmother Narene Kilburn (Ladies College 1905), great uncle, Larry Mitchell (’32), grandfather Dr. Hazen Calder Mitchell (’35), grandmother Katrine (Young) Mitchell (’39), father John (’68), brother Geoff (’93), and his niece, current student and Bell scholar Rachel Cundiff (’16).