HAMPTON, Va. (March 9, 2021) – Hampton University Online (HU Online) adjunct Professor, Attorney Charisse M. Mullen was appointed to a six-year term to serve as a Judge in the Newport News General District Court, on February 23. Her term will begin on April 1st.
“Congratulations to Judge-Elect Charisse M. Mullen for her appointment as Judge in the City of Newport News,” said Dr. William R. Harvey, Hampton University President. “Here at Hampton University, we take pride in the accomplishments of our students, faculty, and staff. It is extraordinary to see one of our professors doing great things for the betterment of people and the community. Her extensive experience in the field of law is a true asset for our program and all of her students.”
Judge-Elect Mullen joined the HU Online faculty in the Fall of 2020, teaching in the paralegal and criminal justice programs. Having practiced law for over 22 years, she has extensive criminal and civil trial experience as well as a record of successful bench and jury trial verdicts.
“I am honored and humbled to have been chosen to serve Newport News in this capacity,” said Mullen. “I do not take the responsibility lightly. My daily goals will be to ensure that litigants who enter the courtroom understand the proceedings, believe that they are heard and that ultimately justice is done. I plan to continue teaching via Hampton University Online and hope that my students will gain a stronger interest in learning the law and be inspired to pursue careers in the legal profession.”
Judge-Elect Mullen was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. Upon graduating from Edward R. Murrow High School at 16 years of age, she migrated 'down south' to complete her undergraduate studies at North Carolina Central University. After receiving her Baccalaureate Degree in Criminal Justice, Judge-Elect Mullen continued her studies at NCCU's School of Law, where she earned her Juris Doctor (J.D.) in 1997.
After receiving her J.D., Judge-Elect Mullen returned to New York, where she served as an Assistant District Attorney in Kings County/Brooklyn. While in New York, she also served as an attorney for the Board of Education. After serving the city, Judge-Elect Mullen practiced law as an associate for a few private law firms in Manhattan and in Long Island, where she honed her trial skills by defending individuals for major insurance companies in automobile-related litigation.
In 2004, Judge-Elect Mullen relocated to Virginia and worked as a sole practitioner until 2008. Her focus in private practice was real estate law, business law, contracts, personal injury law, and criminal defense.
For the next 10 years, Judge-Elect Mullen served as a prosecutor for the citizens of Hampton, Virginia in the Hampton Commonwealth's Attorney's Office. During her tenure there, Judge-Elect Mullen prosecuted criminal offenses ranging from minor law violations to major crimes.
After leaving the Commonwealth's Attorney's Office, Judge-Elect Mullen served the Commonwealth of Virginia as an Assistant Attorney General in the Criminal Justice and Public Safety Division of Virginia's Office of the Attorney General in Richmond. In 2019, she represented citizens of the Hampton Roads community in various types of legal matters.