Attorney, Mitchell Williams
Devin Bates is an attorney at Mitchell, Williams, Selig, Gates & Woodyard, P.L.L.C. where he handles legal matters including education issues and business disputes. A native of New Hampshire, Bates graduated summa cum laude from the University of New Hampshire with a degree in economics in 2009. Following graduation, he joined Teach for America, a nonprofit that placed him in the Lakeside School District in Lake Village. Following four years with the district, Bates attended William & Mary Law School and earned a Juris Doctor, graduating cum laude, in 2016. After law school, Bates served as a law clerk to chief district Judge P.K. Holmes, III, in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Arkansas. In 2020, Bates was the lead counsel for the Pulaski County School District in its four-decades-long desegregation case. Bates is president of the board of directors for AR Kids Read. He first became involved with the organization when he served as a volunteer reading tutor. He is a graduate of Leadership Greater Little Rock, Class XXXV, serves on the board of directors of Economics Arkansas, and previously on the board of directors of Create Little Rock, Little Rock Chamber of Commerce.