Phillip Mink is an assistant professor in the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University, and he is director of pre-law advising and director of the Patriot Pre-Law Program. He is also an assistant professor in the School of Business, where he teaches professional skills and commercial law. As the Schar School’s principal pre-law advisor, he has counselled students on every aspect of the law school application process. His advisees have been accepted into law schools at the University of Virginia, William and Mary, George Washington University, the George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School, American University, and other institutions. He joined the board of the Northeast Association of Pre-Law Advisors in May 2017, and in March 2019 he joined the Executive Board as 2nd vice-president and will serve as president in 2021. Before joining the Schar School, Professor Mink was an assistant professor of English and Legal Studies at the University of Delaware, and he was director of the Legal Professional Preparatory Program. He was also faculty adviser to the HenLaw Society, Delaware’s pre-law organization, and to Delaware’s award-winning Mock Trial team. In spring 2017 he received the University Faculty Senate’s Excellence in Undergraduate Academic Advising and Mentoring Award. In addition to advising, Professor Mink developed and taught two writing courses designed to prepare students for law school and the practice of law. He also developed a Philosophy course aimed at preparing students for the LSAT and a Theatre course that provided students with the physical and verbal skills prized by litigators.
Professor Mink’s research interest is writing pedagogy, and he has presented papers at the Association for Business Communication, the Conference on College Composition and Communication, and the Northeast Association of Pre-Law Advisors.
Prior to his teaching career, Professor Mink practiced appellate law in Washington, D.C., where his primary clients were the seven Baby Bell telephone companies. On their behalf, he published in The Wall Street Journal, Legal Times, The Journal of Commerce, and other periodicals. He also filed briefs with the U.S. Supreme Court, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, the Federal Communications, and other venues, and he testified before the House Energy and Commerce Committee and the Senate Subcommittee on Antitrust.