Reginald Mitchell Sr.

Reginald J Mitchell

College Of Law - Instruction


Office Hours

Tuesday 4:30PM – 5:45PM

Thursday 4:30PM – 5:45PM

Office hours are listed above. Additional appointments are available upon request. Students may coordinate a meeting time via text or email if the scheduled office hours are not convenient.

Program Assistant is Puja Bhatavdekar, Phone:  (407) 254-3270,

Current Semester Schedule

LAW 6051 Secured Transactions Tu. Th. — 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

LAW 6430 Wills and Estates Tu. Th. — 8:15 pm - 9:45 pm

About Me

Reginald J. Mitchell, Esq. is currently the FAMU College of Law Associate Instructor & Donor Relations Officer. He is also volunteering as the FAMU Rattler Boosters, Inc. General Counsel and the FAMU National Alumni Association Recording Secretary. In the 2021-2022 Academic year professor Mitchell was awarded an American Council of Education (ACE) Fellowship shadowing Howard University President Dr. Wayne A.I. Frederick, M.D./MBA. He is the immediate past Director of Academic Success and Bar Preparation Program. He is formerly the Assistant General Counsel for Risk of the Florida Department of Children and Families. He was formerly a Medicaid Subrogation Attorney with Health Management Systems, Florida Legal Counsel of People for the American Way (PFAW) as a registered lobbyist with the Florida Legislature, and Florida Election Protection Director of People for the American Way Foundation. Mr. Mitchell also served as an Associate Attorney at Parks and Crump, LLC. Mr. Mitchell’s areas of practice included personal injury, wrongful death and auto-tort litigation.

His professional memberships include the Florida Bar, the Northern Middle & Southern District of Florida Federal Bars, the National Bar Association, and the American Bar Association.



  • Juris Doctor (JD) degree awarded May 1996
    University of Minnesota Law School
  • Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree awarded August 1995 (Concentration: Management Information Systems (MIS))
    University of Minnesota,Curtis L. Carlson School of Management
  • Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration awarded 1988.
    Florida A&M University, Tallahassee, FL
  • Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science awarded 1988.
    Florida A&M University, Tallahassee, FL

Work History


  • Associate Instructor & Donor Relations Officer • 9/2/2021 – Present
    FAMU College of Law, Office of Advancement & Alumni Affairs, Orlando, FL
  • I teach Legislation; Payment Systems; Secured Transactions; Sales; and Wills and Estates Courses.
  • I also serve on the FAMU College of Law Budget Committee (2018-2021 and 2022 - present); and Curriculum Committee (2023-Present). I previously served on the Faculty Recruitment Committee and Student Affairs Committee. (2022-2023) I previously served on the Admissions Committee (2015-2016 and 2019-2021); Assessment Committee (2017-2019 & 2020-2021); Ad Hoc Community Engagement Committee (2020-2021); and Strategic Planning Committee (2017-2020).
  • I was appointed by the University Provost and served on the Ad Hoc Committee on FAMU College of Law Interim Dean (2024), and the University FAMU College of Law Dean Search Committees (2000, 2016 & 2019).
  • I am the faculty advisor to the Student Bar Association and the FAMU COL Intramurals Club.
  • I previously served on the Computer & Technology Committee (2016-2017); the Ad Hoc Faculty Handbook Committee (2014-2016). I served as the faculty Parliamentarian (2016-2017).
  • I was elected FAMU College of Law Faculty Senator and Faculty Senate Secretary (9/2019-1/2020).
  • Director & Instructor • 7/23/2012 – 9/1/2021 FAMU College of Law, Academic Success and Bar Preparation Program, Orlando, FL
  • I directed the Academic Success and Bar Preparation Program. I supervised three (3) faculty Instructors and a Program Assistant. I also taught Introduction to Analytical Skills and Advanced Analytical Skills Courses. I counseled students assigned to me that were taking the Bar Examination of Florida or other states. Finally, I advised law students on academic probation assigned to me. I provided ongoing academic support for all law students that utilized the department resources.
  • Adjunct Instructor • 1/13/2016 – 11/28/2016
    Barry University Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law, Orlando, FL
  • I taught evening sections of Legislation and Contracts Drafting in the spring 2016 and fall 2016
  • Assistant General Counsel for Risk • 4/2009 – 3/30/2012
    Coordinated negligence / tort cases filed against the Department throughout the State of Florida.
    Managed Office of General Counsel Legal Information System.

Academic Accomplishments


  • Alexander Ackerman, Jr. Desk Dedication to the FAMU College of Law Biographical Presentation, Thursday, February 15, 2024, FAMU College of Law Ceremonial Moot Courtroom.
  • Southeastern Association of Law Schools (SEALS), Bias and Disparate Outcomes in the Bar Examination Panelist, Saturday, July 31, 2021, Amelia Island, FL.
  • The Social Justice Academy (SJA) of Benton Central Jr-Sr High School, Newark, New Jersey, "Storytelling for Justice" Virgil Darnell Hawkins Program Webinar Presenter, March 17, 2021.
  •  American Association of Law Libraries, Black Librarian’s Special Interest Section, Law, Librarians, and Brown v. Board, am I alone?” Black History Month Webinar Speaker, February 24, 2021.
  • Professionalism Training Speaker to the FAMU College of Law Student Bar Association Executive Board on Friday, October 30, 2020.
  • FAMU BLSA Program Moderator - Honoring the Past: A Talk with the Original JDs Program Moderator, October 1, 2020, from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • Guest Speaker at the FAMU College of Law Library Black History Month Program, “Remembering Virgil Hawkins” at the FAMU College of Law Room 249 on Wednesday, Feb. 19 from 5 p.m. – 6 p.m.
  • FAMU National Alumni Association November Executive Board Retreat General Counsel and Assistant General Counsel Session on “Compliance and Constitution & Bylaws” on Thursday, November 21, 2019, at the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress, Orlando, Florida.
  • Each year, the Foundation for Orange County Public Schools coordinates "Teach-In" in conjunction with American Education Week. On Wednesday, November 14, 2018, I served in classrooms at Jones High School, engaging with 9th grade students for 2 class periods. I led discussions on the steps necessary to become a lawyer and facilitated legal trivia competitions.
  • Mitchell, Reginald (2018). Pre-recorded FAMU College of Law History Presentation during the “FAMU Traditions” portion of FAMU COL Foundations Orientation to the 1L Class on Thursday, August 2, 2018. The recording was rebroadcast continuously after the original airing on the internal system and is forever available on YouTube: click here
  • Mitchell, Reginald (2018). Keynote Speaker for the “Remembering Virgil Hawkins” Law Library Black History Month Program on February 28, 2018. (4-hour preparation for 30-minute presentation).
  • Keynote Speaker for the Lawton Chiles High School Black History Month Program on Friday, February 23, 2018.
  • Mitchell, Reginald (2016). SGA Senate Recommendations for changes to the FAMU SGA Internal documents. Workshop to the SGA Senate at the FAMU College of Law on November 17, 2016. I also managed the logistics and preparation for the SGA Supreme Court Training by another FAMU COL Professor Robert Minarcin.
  • Mitchell, Reginald (2016). Ethical Leadership and Changes to the SGA Constitution and Bylaws.
  • Workshop presentation at the FAMU SGA Leadership Retreat on November 5, 2016.
  • Mitchell, Reginald (2015). FAMU NAA Nuts and Bolts: Finances & Reporting (compliance with FAMU NAA rules and IRS or other federal or state codes). Workshop presentation at the FAMU National Alumni Association’s (NAA) 51st Northeast Regional Conference August 14, 2015, at the Holiday Inn Boston-Dedham, MA.
  • Mitchell, Reginald (2015). Panelist on Orlando Tiger Bay Club Legislative Budget Crisis Panel on May 21, 2015, at the Doubletree Hotel in Orlando, FL.
  • Mitchell, Reginald (2011). Lessons Learned: The Risky Legal Ropes to Skip and Know. Paper presented at the Department of Children and Families (DCF) Pathway to Independence Summit in Orlando, FL on September 9, 2011.
  • Mitchell, Reginald (2010) Election Protection Poll Monitor Training, Virgil Hawkins Chapter of the National Bar Association (VHCNBA) Lawyer Training CLE on October 20, 2010.
  • Mitchell, Reginald (2009). Risk Management Basics. Presentation at the DCF Adult Protective Services Advocacy and Beyond Statewide Training Event in Orlando, FL on September 8-10, 2011.


  • Legal Connections Media Interview Award (2022)
  • FAMU Graduating Class, Remarkable Rattler Award (2021)
  • FAMU Graduating Class, Remarkable Rattler Award (2020)
  • FAMU National Alumni Association, 2021 Presidential Medal of Service
  • FAMU College of Law Student Bar Association; 2018 Distinguished Faculty Award
  • FAMU National Alumni Association, 2018 Executive Leadership Award
  • FAMU National Alumni Association, 2015 Outstanding Leadership Award
  • FAMU National Alumni Association, 2014 Distinguished Alumni Award in Law
  • Gamma Mu Lambda Alumni Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., 2009 C.U. Smith Community Service Award Recipient
  • 100 Black Men of America, Tallahassee Area Chapter Founder and member, 2008 Advocacy Award Recipient
  • National Bar Association 2007 Legislative Lawyers Division Service Award
  • Virgil Hawkins Florida Chapter 2008 Outstanding Service Award
  • Tallahassee Barristers 2007 First Place Mentor-Mentee Debate Competition Award
  • FAMU SGA 1992 "Super Ring" Award.

Courses Taught At FAMU

  • LAW 6051 Secured Transactions

  • LAW 6430 Wills and Estates