Judge Mize is a judicial fellow at the National Center for State Courts where he helps state courts improve their jury trial systems and educate the public about jury trial history and processes. Toward that end, he is editor of the weekly Jur-E Bulletin and host of “Jury Talk” – a podcast featuring interviews with notable actors in the world of all things jury.

President George H.W. Bush appointed him to the trial bench in 1990, where he presided over hundreds of civil and criminal jury trials in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia and where he is now a senior judge.

In 1998, he co-chaired the D.C. Jury Project, resulting in issuance of “Juries for the Year 2000 and Beyond” — proposals to improve jury practices in the Superior Court and the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. He is the author of numerous articles about jury trials – including “Jury Trial Innovation – Round #2”(Court Review) and “On Better Jury Selection: Spotting UFO Jurors Before They Enter the Jury Room,” (Court Review Journal).

He also works with foreign countries on jury trial education. Judge Mize served on a U.S. Justice Department project to help the Republic of Georgia initiate criminal jury trials for its first homicide trials in 2010; he assisted NCSC’s Judicial Reform and Government Accountability Project in Belgrade, Serbia, training judges on clear judgement writing; and he has led writing coaching programs in Jamaica and several Eastern Caribbean islands.

Before joining the trial bench, Judge Mize was a trial lawyer and then General Counsel to the District of Columbia City Council. In addition to his teaching at Georgetown Law, he also taught a seminar on the American Jury at the University of Virginia Law School.