After four terms as commonwealth’s attorney for Shenandoah County, Va., Washington and Lee law alumnus Albert T. Mitchell, of the Class of 1967, has announced he won’t seek re-election in November. Al was appointed to the position by the judges of the 26th Judicial Circuit in 1999 and then was elected to the position in November of that same year.
In an article announcing his decision in the Northern Virginia Daily, Al said that, as a prosecutor, he enjoys the legal questions that arise out of every case, whether it has a high profile or not. “There are decisions you have to make every day in district court. Someone running a stop sign, reckless driving, DUI; there are so many different kinds of evidence,” he told the paper. “No two cases have ever been identical.”
Al received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Richmond before earning the law degree at W&L. He has practiced law in Shenandoah County since 1967 and has been town attorney for Woodstock, Va., from 1970 to the present. Before he was appointed commonwealth’s attorney, he had spent nine years as an assistant.