About Judge Albert J. Mitchell, Jr.
Judge Albert J. “Scooter” Mitchell, Jr. has deep roots in the community, and has long been dedicated to serving the people of De Baca, Harding, and Quay County.
Scooter was born and raised on the family ranch in Harding County. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree at Stanford University. He returned home to New Mexico where he worked on the ranch at Albert, New Mexico, before attending and graduating from the University of New Mexico School of Law. Scooter opened his law practice in Tucumcari in 1984 and dedicated his practice to serving families in criminal, family, civil, estate, property, and probate matters. He and his wife, Jeannette, raised their children here, and both children graduated from Tucumcari High School.
As District Judge, he has presided over more than 7,500 cases filed in Harding, Quay, and De Baca Counties. Judge Mitchell is the Chief Judge for the 10th Judicial District, a job that includes monthly meetings with the Chief Justice of the New Mexico Supreme Court and other Chief Judges from across the state. During his time on the bench, Judge Mitchell has attended as an instructor or student, more than 540 hours of judicial and legal education including courses on criminal justice, children’s law, ethics, mental health, civil litigation updates, family law, and courtroom communication of justice. He has led trainings for new District Judges in New Mexico for 9 years. Judge Mitchell’s continued service to the 10th Judicial District includes the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council serving Quay, Harding, and De Baca Counties.
Scooter’s involvement in the legal and local community spans more than three decades with involvement on the local, state, and national levels. He has been a member of the Quay County Bar Association, New Mexico Bar Association, and American Bar Association for more than 35 years. He was the former director of the Business Law and Family Law sections of the New Mexico State Bar, and a member of the New Mexico Trial Lawyers Association. His time serving with the New Mexico Boys and Girls Ranch, as a 4-H leader, as a member of New Mexico Cattle Growers Association, and Tucumcari Rotary Club spans three decades.
In his free time, Scooter enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading, woodworking, and converting his children's' 4-H and FFA animal barn into his shop. Scooter and Jeannette make Quay County their home.