Judge Mize is currently a judicial fellow at the National Center for State Courts (NCSC.) In that capacity, he works with NCSC’s Center for Jury Studies team to help state courts around the country improve their jury trial systems. At NCSC he also leads a number of special projects for the Conference of Chief Justices, including principal staffing of the Task Force on Foreign Lawyers & the International Practice of Law and monitoring Congressional legislative proposals that jeopardize federalism principles.
Judge Mize served as a judicial ethics and codification expert in the USAID Project to Strengthen the Independence of the Judiciary and Citizen Access to Justice in Lebanon. He was also a judicial consultant to a U.S. Justice Department project supporting efforts by the Republic of Georgia to implement jury trials within the Georgian criminal justice system. His tasks included training Georgian judges and trial lawyers in the management of jury selection and other courtroom procedures for use in homicide trials beginning after October 1, 2010.
President George H.W. Bush appointed Judge Mize to the trial bench in 1990. In that capacity, he presided over hundreds of civil and criminal jury trials in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. In 2002 he assumed senior judge status.
He is an adjunct professor at the Georgetown University Law Center.
Before joining the trial bench, Judge Mize was a trial lawyer and then General Counsel to the District of Columbia City Council.