Cody T. Mitchell ’08 of Hartsville, S.C., will be named the recipient of the 2016 Outstanding Young Alumnus award from Presbyterian College at a ceremony on Oct. 29, 2016, during Homecoming festivities. This award is designed to honor an alumnus who displays early competence within the chosen field of endeavor and exceptional promise of future achievement.
Mitchell is a cum laude graduate of Presbyterian College where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in history and business. While attending Presbyterian College, Mitchell served as student body president, ROTC battalion commander, and president of his fraternity, Kappa Alpha Order.
Upon completing his undergraduate work, Mitchell attended the University of South Carolina School of Law where he earned a Doctor of Jurisprudence. While attending law school, Mitchell served as vice president of the Student Bar Association and distinguished himself as a member of the Order of Barristers, Moot Court Bar, and ABA National Moot Court team.
Mitchell practices law in Hartsville with his mentor, Speaker of the South Carolina House of Representatives Jay Lucas at the law offices of Lucas, Warr & White. Professionally, Mitchell is a member of the American Bar Association, the South Carolina Bar, and the Darlington County Bar; and he is admitted to practice in all South Carolina state courts, United States District Court of South Carolina, and United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces.
In addition to his civil practice, Mitchell serves as a judge advocate in the United States Army Reserves. He is also a Commandant List graduate of the following: Judge Advocate Basic Course, Basic Officer Leader’s Course, Judge Advocate Tactical Staff Officer Course, Judge Advocate Advanced Course, and United States Army Airborne School.
Outside of his own legal practice, Mitchell serves as the municipal court judge for the city of Hartsville, South Carolina and town of Bethune, South Carolina.
As a member of the South Carolina Bar, Mitchell serves as the secretary of the Military and Veteran Law Section of the SC Bar Association. Also an active member of the SC Bar’s Young Lawyers Division, Mitchell was elected by his peers to represent the fourth judicial circuit. In addition to being the fourth circuit representative, Mitchell also serves as chairman of the Young Lawyers Division Military Support Committee. Mitchell is a member of the South Carolina Association for Justice and was elected by his colleagues to serve on the Board of Governors representing the 4th circuit. Mitchell also serves on the board of directors for the South Carolina Appleseed Legal Justice Center.
In addition to serving as a board member and volunteer legal counsel for Darlington County Habitat for Humanity and South Carolina Lions Vision Services, Mitchell serves on the staff for American Legion’s annual Palmetto Boys State. Mitchell is also a member of the Hartsville Rotary Club, Hartsville Kiwanis Club, Lynchwood AFM Lodge No. 197, and Harmony Baptist Church.
Not only has Mitchell embodied the tenets of the Outstanding Young Alumnus award based on his professional achievements, but he also lives PC’s motto, “While we live, we serve.” In the name of justice, Mitchell has taken numerous appellate cases pro bono. Most of these cases involved protecting the interests of children who have been the victims of abuse or neglect and also protecting the constitutional rights of parents and families.
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