Global Business Director, INVISTA
Midwest Innocence Project Volunteer
Keen to do more than just write a check to support social justice campaigns, Kris Mitchell says she leapt at the chance to join Koch’s pro bono initiative when she learned it was open to employees with no legal training.
Kris, a Global Business Director at INVISTA, has spent the last several months working weekends alongside her 22-year-old daughter to screen a case for the Midwest Innocence Project that could prove a man was wrongly convicted.
“One thing that is very evident about Koch is when they believe in something, they put their money and resources behind it,” says Kris, who works in Delaware.
Drawing on her strong organizational skills and engineer’s cool-headed logic, Kris says she’s racked up around 100 hours on the case, wading through reams of court records, police reports and affidavits.
Kris says practical training and Koch’s well-established ties with the Midwest Innocence Project made it easy to jump in and start work. The only headache was the legal lingo, she jokes.
Despite having never met the client, Kris says it can be hard not to become emotionally involved. It’s also made her more aware of the difficulties people face getting legal support or even simply paying for transcripts they need to get their cases reheard.
“I want to continue to expose myself to these big and small things that create inequities so I can at least acknowledge them and maybe educate others,” she says.