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Mitchell L. McLean

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Mitchell L. McLean
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Current Court Information:
North Carolina 23rd Judicial District
Title:   Former Chief District Court Judge
Active:   1998-2013
Past position:   Attorney, Vannoy, Colvard & Triplett
Personal History
Deceased:   7/3/2013
Undergraduate:   Emory and Henry College
Law School:   Wake Forest University

Mitchel L. McLean was the chief district court judge for the 23rd Judicial District of North Carolina, serving Alleghany, Ashe, Wilkes and Yadkin counties. He joined the court in 1998 and was most recently re-elected in November 2010 to another four-year term.[1] McLean passed away on July 3, 2013 after attempting to rescue a drowning woman.[2]

Mary Anne Galway, 55, and her husband Edward got stuck in a rip tide at Sunset Beach where Judge McLean and his family were on vacation. McLean jumped in to help the couple, but ended up drowning along with Mrs. Galway. Authorities credit McLean, who was 54, with saving Mr. Galway's life.[3]


McLean received his undergraduate degree from Emory and Henry College and his J.D. from the Wake Forest University School of Law.[4]


Before he became a judge in 1998, McLean practiced law with the firm of Vannoy, Colvard & Triplett in North Wilkesboro, North Carolina.[1]

2010 election

McLean was re-elected to the 23rd Judicial District after running unopposed.[5]

See also: North Carolina judicial elections, 2010

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