Judge Mize is a judicial fellow at the National Center for State Courts. As part of NCSC’s Center for Jury Studies, he works to help state courts improve their jury trial systems. He was project director of “Jury Trial Management for the 21st Century” which features a set of judicial education curricula focusing on jury selection and jury deliberations.
Judge Mize served on a US Justice Department project to help the Republic of Georgia initiate criminal jury trials. His tasks included running mock jury selection exercises for judges and lawyers in anticipation of the first homicide trials in late 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. He is now a senior judge. From 1997 to 1998, he co-chaired the D.C. Jury Project, resulting in issuance of “Juries for the Year 2000 and Beyond” containing proposals to improve jury practices in the Superior Court and the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.
His writings include: “Tough Cases” (The New Press 2018); “Jury Trial Innovations Across America: How We Are Teaching and Learning from Each Other,” 1 J. OF COURT INNOVATION 189 (2008); “Building a Better Voir Dire Process,” The Judges’ Journal, Vol. 47, No. 1 (Winter 2008); “Be Cautious of the Quiet Ones,” Voir Dire, Vol. 10, No. 2 (Summer 2003); and “On Better Jury Selection – Spotting UFO Jurors Before They Enter the Jury Room,” Court Review, Vol. 33, No. 1 (Spring 1999). As a member of the ABA American Jury Project, he contributed to the drafting of the ABA Principles for Juries & Jury Trials.
Before joining the trial bench, Judge Mize was a trial lawyer and then General Counsel to the District of Columbia City Council. He is an adjunct professor at the Georgetown University Law Center.