He has an BA from the University of Hawaii at Manoa and a Jurist Doctorate from Whittier Law School. In 1993 he became a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney with City and County of Honolulu. As a Deputy Prosecutor in Honolulu, Mitch worked on all sorts of cases from traffic to felony offenses.
In 1994, he helped develop a community oriented prosecution program for the City and County of Honolulu and became the first community oriented prosecutor in the State of Hawaii. He is a recipient of the Honolulu Prosecuting Attorney’s Award of Excellence.
In 1998, he left Honolulu to become a Deputy Prosecutor and Community Oriented Prosecutor in Hawaii County. In the Hawaii County Prosecutor’s Office, Mitch has worked on a variety of cases in District, Family and the Circuit Courts. For several years, he supervised the Asset Forfeiture Program, the Community Oriented Prosecution project, and was designated as a Special Assistant United States Attorney.
Since moving to the Big Island in 1998, Mitch has been actively involved with a number of initiatives:
- Helped bring the Shattered Dreams Youth Alcohol Prevention project to Hawaii Island
- Helped start a Big Island chapter of the Community Coalition for Neighborhood Safety
- Helped form 2 Visitors Aloha Society of Hawaii (VASH) Chapters on the Big Island and in 2014 he was recognized as their partner of the year