MEET STEPHANIE

Judge Stephanie Mitchell

A native of Kansas City, Kansas, Judge Stephanie Mitchell earned her Juris Doctorate from the University Of Kansas School Of Law and a Bachelor of Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

After being admitted to the State Bar of Texas in November of 2006, she practiced civil litigation and criminal defense before joining the Navarro County District Attorney’s Office in 2007 as the Chief Juvenile Prosecutor.  In 2008 she began prosecuting at the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office. As a misdemeanor prosecutor, she received the coveted “Heavy Hitter” award for her outstanding jury trial statistics and was subsequently recognized as the 2010 “Rookie of the Year” for the misdemeanor division.

In 2012, she assisted in starting the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office Citizen Prosecutor Academy, where she acted as a host prosecutor and speaker.  Judge Mitchell’s outstanding track record of successfully prosecuting felony cases and working with victims of domestic violence led to her being awarded the 2012 Dallas County District Attorney’s Office “Prosecutor of the Year” award. From 2013 to 2014 she served as the Chief Felony Prosecutor of the Dallas County Gang Unit where she handled the prosecution of all criminal cases involving documented gang members and/or gang violence for the entire county including seventeen (17) felony district courts.  During this time she announced her candidacy for the 291st Judicial District Court.

After a landslide victory in the Democratic Primary, she went on to defeat the Republican appointed challenger in the general election.  On January 1, 2015, Judge Mitchell was sworn in as the presiding judge of the 291st Judicial District Court.  She is currently the youngest sitting district court judge in Dallas County, Texas.

Outside of her work at the courthouse, Judge Mitchell is involved in a number of civic organizations and also works as an Adjunct Professor at Brightwood College, teaching courses in their Criminal Justice and Paralegal programs.

 

Recognition & Endorsements

 

  • – 2008 Heavy Hitter Award Recipient
  • – 2010 Rookie Prosecutor of the Year
  • – 2012 Prosecutor of the Year

 

  • – 2016 TGIA’s Ted Poe “Damn Good Judge” Award