30th JDC Judge James Richard “Jim” Mitchell, 69, died Friday, July 24, 2015. Valedictorian of Baker High School, he earned both his undergraduate and juris doctor degrees from LSU. After serving in the U.S. Army as a captain in the Judge Advocate General’s office, he started his private practice in Leesville in 1974. While in private practice, Mitchell served as president of the 30th Judicial District Bar Association and acting city judge and attorney for the Leesville housing Authority. He was elected to the 30th JDC in 2008, and was re-elected unopposed in 2014.