Judge Everett Mitchell

The University of Wisconsin Law School’s graduating class has selected the Honorable Everett Mitchell to present the keynote address at its 2019 Hooding Ceremony, a special recognition for students receiving law degrees.

Mitchell, a well-known advocate for racial justice in Madison, was sworn in as a circuit court judge at the Dane County Courthouse in April 2016. Rev. Mitchell is also the Senior Pastor of Christ the Solid Rock Baptist Church in Madison and continues to provide pro bono law services to disenfranchised people of Dane County and volunteers to teach young people their legal rights and responsibilities.

Mitchell received his juris doctorate from the Law School in 2010. He also holds bachelor’s degrees in religion and mathematics from Morehouse College, and a master of divinity and a master of theology from the Princeton Theological Seminary.

Prior to becoming a circuit court judge, Mitchell was director of community relations for the University of Wisconsin-Madison and assistant district attorney in Dane County.

The University of Wisconsin Law School’s graduating class has selected, along with Mitchell, Professor Miriam Seifter as its faculty speaker. Naman Siad and Gya Williams, J.D. graduates, and Yuzhen Zhang, a graduate law student, were selected as student speakers for the ceremony.

The hooding ceremony will take place Friday, May 10, 1 p.m., at the Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center Exhibition Hall.