Calais lawyer David J. Mitchell named District Court judge
July 17, 2013
PORTLAND, Maine – David J. Mitchell, a highly respected lawyer from Calais and an alumnus of the University of Maine School of Law, was sworn in this month as District Court judge for Washington County.
Mitchell was nominated May 22 by Gov. Paul LePage, and was unanimously endorsed in June by the Legislature’s Judiciary Committee. The final confirmation came from the state Senate.
A Calais native, Mitchell graduated from Maine Law in 1997. Since graduating, he has practiced law with his father, John A. Mitchell, in Calais. Mitchell has also served as the tribal prosecutor for the Passamaquoddy Tribal Court and in Pleasant Point and Indian Township. Mitchell joins active retired District Court judge, and fellow Maine Law graduate, John V. Romei, who will continue on the bench in Washington County in a part-time role.
“I returned to my hometown to practice law and to contribute to a community that served me well growing up,” Mitchell told the Judiciary Committee on June 5, according to a Bangor Daily News report. “I would like to continue to serve the community and county albeit in a different capacity. I do believe that I have the insight and temperament to be a good judge.”