Michael D. Mitchell

Adjunct Professor


Michael D. Mitchell has served as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Howard University School of Law since 2007, during which time he has taught seminars on Predatory Lending, Housing Law and Policy, and Fair Lending and Economic Justice. Mr. Mitchell has a longtime commitment to civil rights, and economic justice, having worked in the field of civil rights law enforcement for over 25 years. He currently works for the Chickasaw Nation Industries where he serves as an Instructor for the Patricia Roberts Harris National Fair Housing Training Academy. He also serves as a consultant on fair housing and community development matters with International Development and Planning, LLC., and is a frequent speaker at national and regional conferences.

For over a decade he served as the Director of National Neighbors, a program of the National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC) where he was also the Vice President of Fair Lending. Mr. Mitchell spearheaded the Coalition’s successful systemic fair lending initiatives. Before joining NCRC, Mr. Mitchell worked for seven years with the Equal Rights Center as the Director of Enforcement, and the Fair Housing Council of Greater Washington where he served as the Director of the Fair Housing Center of Suburban Maryland and was involved in a series of successful fair housing cases involving homeowners insurance companies liability under the Fair Housing Act.

Mr. Mitchell also worked for the City Rockville, Maryland, as the City’s Human Rights Officer. Prior to coming to Washington, he practiced law in the Oakland, California working both as a solo practitioner and serving as an Associate in the Law offices of Richard R. Wright. Mr. Mitchell is an honors graduate of Morehouse College, Class of 1979, and a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley School of Law. Mr. Mitchell is an active member of the State Bar of California.