J.D., Howard University School of Law
B.A., University of Notre Dame
Mistee N. Colbert is a Staff Attorney in the Housing Law Unit. She represents low-income tenants in eviction cases before the D.C. Superior Court. She also litigates housing law claims before administrative bodies, such as the D.C. Housing Authority and the Office of Administrative Hearings.
Prior to joining Legal Aid in November 2020, Mistee served as a Magistrate in the state of Virginia where she presided over criminal hearings and trained new magistrates. Prior to serving as a Magistrate, she was a Sentencing Advocate for the Hampton Public Defender Office.
Mistee received her J.D. from Howard University School of Law and her B.A. from the University of Notre Dame. While in law school, Mistee was a staff editor of the Human Rights and Globalization Law Review. She also served as a student attorney in the Criminal Justice Clinic where she represented indigent adults charged with criminal misdemeanors in the D.C. Superior Court. Mistee interned for the senior judges in the D.C. Superior Court, for the Honorable Gerald Bruce Lee at the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia and in the Criminal Division for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia.
While in college, Mistee studied abroad in Mexico where she volunteered as an Institutional Director and taught English to inmates in the local prison.