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George Mitchell, JD Biography

Title:
Attorney and former U.S. Senator (D-Maine)
Position:
Pro to the question "Is a Two-State Solution (Israel and Palestine) an Acceptable Solution to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict?"
Reasoning:

“Then, there must be a prompt resumption of negotiations to achieve a two-state solution.

What is most important is that both recognize that the only way to achieve a lasting solution is through negotiation…

The road map offers Palestinians the alternative of a non-violent path to a Jewish state, to a Palestinian state living in peace alongside a Jewish state, the two state solution that a majority on both sides continue to say they support.”

Commencement address given at MIT Commencement, Cambridge, Massachusetts, June 9, 2003

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Practicing attorney in Washington, D.C., (Partner of the law firm DLA Piper), 1995-present
  • Senior Fellow and Senior Research Scholar at the Columbia University Center for International Conflict Resolution, 2002-present
  • Chairman of the Board, Walt Disney Corp., Mar. 2004-Jan. 2007
  • Chairman, Sharm el-Sheikh International Fact-Finding Committee to examine crisis in Middle East, 2000-2001
  • U.S. Special Envoy to Northern Ireland (Belfast Peace Agreement), 1995
  • Senate Democratic Leader and Senate majority leader, 1989-1995
  • U.S. Senator (D-Maine), 1980-1995
  • Served in the United States Army Counter Intelligence Corps, Berlin, Germany, 1954-1956
  • Chancellor of the Queen’s University of Belfast, Northern Ireland, and namesake of the George J. Mitchell Scholarship
  • Founder of the Mitchell Institute in Portland, Maine
  • Co-chairman (with Newt Gingrich) of the Congressionally mandated Task Force on the United Nations
Education:
  • JD, Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, D.C., 1960
  • BA, Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Maine, 1954
Other:
  • Born in Waterville, Maine, Aug. 20, 1933