On June 26, 2012, Scott Mitchell was appointed Clerk of the Court of Criminal Appeals of Alabama, effective August 1, 2012. He is the fourth individual to serve as Clerk of the Court since its establishment in 1969.
A native of Wilcox County, he is the son of Curtis and Bonnie Mitchell. He received his early education at Wilcox Academy in Camden. In 1999, he received the Bachelor of Science degree in business administration and history from Erskine College in Due West, South Carolina. While a student at Erskine, he served as senior class president. Mr. Mitchell received his Juris Doctor from the University of Alabama in 2002.
Upon graduation from law school, Mr. Mitchell entered private practice with the Montgomery law firm of Beers, Anderson, Jackson, Hughes, and Patty, P.C. In 2006, he became a staff attorney for the Court of Criminal Appeals. From 2007 until 2009, he served as a staff attorney for Chief Justice Sue Bell Cobb. He also served as Chief of Staff and Legislative Liaison for the chief justice from 2009 until 2011. From 2011 until his appointment as Clerk of the Court of Criminal Appeals, Mr. Mitchell served as a staff attorney with the Alabama Administrative Office of Courts.
Mr. Mitchell served on the Board of Trustees of his alma mater, Erskine College, from 2005 until 2011. At the age of 32, he was elected Chairman of the Erskine College Board of Trustees and at the time was one of the youngest individuals in the nation to chair the governing board of an institution of higher learning. Erskine College awarded him its Outstanding Young Alumni Award in 2009. Mr. Mitchell was a member of Class V of the Alabama State Bar Leadership Forum.
Mr. Mitchell is a member of the Bethel Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church in Oak Hill, Alabama, where he serves as a ruling elder and adult Sunday school teacher. He currently serves as the stated clerk of the Tennessee-Alabama Presbytery of the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church.