Anne P. Mitchell

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Anne P. Mitchell (born April 3, 1958) is an attorney, Professor of Law, and the founder and CEO of the Institute for Social Internet Public Policy.[1]


Mitchell attended elementary school in Putney, Vermont, and high school in Massachusetts and Idaho.[citation needed] She enlisted in the United States Army following high school, where she was trained as a truck driver, serving in Germany on REFORGER 1977. Following active duty, she served as a medic in the Army Reserves.[citation needed]

Mitchell first came to public awareness in 1988 when she founded an early fathers' rights group in Buffalo, New York, while she was studying pre-law at SUNY Buffalo.[2][3] Upon moving to California to attend Stanford Law School she founded the first fathers' rights BBS which she ran from her student housing. That BBS later became the site[citation needed]

After graduating from Stanford, Mitchell opened a fathers' rights law practice, through which she represented fathers wishing to remain involved in the lives of their children following divorce. She spoke publicly and privately on the issues of fathers' rights and the need for children to have their fathers involved in their lives. Mitchell spoke, by invitation, to the California judges' bench Beyond the Bench program, to Santa Clara Family Court Services, and at Governor Pete Wilson's "Focus on Fathers summit.[4]

Television show[edit]

In 1997, Mitchell produced and was the host of the cable show "Fathers are Parents Too". The half-hour television talk show "focused on the concerns, issues, and realities related to becoming and staying an involved father." Thirty-six episodes of "Fathers are Parents Too" were filmed in 1997, and were shown on cable television stations throughout the United States.[citation needed]

Anti-spam and Internet law[edit]

In 1998, Mitchell closed her fathers' rights practice, and changed her focus to Internet law and anti-spam efforts. She joined Mail Abuse Prevention System (MAPS), the first formal anti-spam organization, as Director of Legal and Public Affairs. While at MAPS Mitchell led the strategy for the first anti-spam lawsuits.[citation needed]

In 2002 Mitchell stepped in as CEO and co-founder of the newly created Habeas.[5] A year later Mitchell left Habeas to found and run the Institute for Spam and Internet Public Policy (ISIPP),[6] which was later renamed to the Institute for Social Internet Public Policy.[citation needed]

During her tenure at Habeas, Mitchell led the first Email Deliverability Summits, which became the impetus for founding ISIPP when she left Habeas.[citation needed]

Legislation and leadership[edit]

Mitchell has been called upon to advise legislators on both family law and Internet law issues, most notably by Attorney General Bill Lockyer of California, California State Senator Tom Campbell, and the offices of Arizona Senator John McCain and California Governor Pete Wilson. Mitchell authored a portion of the U.S. Federal CAN-SPAM law with Senator McCain's office.[citation needed]

Mitchell helped create the first forums in which Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and email marketers worked together. Other events which Mitchell led and which brought email senders and receivers together have included ISIPP's "Spam and the Law" conferences.[citation needed]


In September 2005, Mitchell founded Auction Aid to help the victims of Hurricane Katrina, enlisting donated items from friends and colleagues Guy Kawasaki, Béla Fleck, Warren Farrell, Anne Fadiman, Eduardo Sánchez and Sir Harold Evans, to raise more than $5,000. Originally Auction Aid was created using eBay's "Giving Works" platform, about which Mitchell later criticized.[7]

In 2008, Mitchell worked with the United Nations World Food Programme and organized to raise funds for Tajikistan. This raised more than $14,000 in a few weeks to help the World Food Programme distribute resources to the people of Tajikistan during a harsh winter.[citation needed]

In 2013, Mitchell founded and organized, a think tank dedicated to helping to identify youth at risk for becoming school shooters, to allow for intervention before they go down that path.[citation needed]


Mitchell has published many papers and authored one ebook.

  • Mitchell, Anne P. (2011). They're Your Kids Too: The Single Father's Guide to Defending Your Fatherhood in a Broken Family Law System. ISIPP Press.
  • Mitchell, Anne P. (2006). The Email Deliverability Handbook. ISIPP Press.
  • Mitchell, Anne P. (August 16, 2004). "Don't Let a Spoofer Ruin Your Good Name". ClickZ. Retrieved July 2, 2009.
  • Mitchell, Anne P. (2003). "Vendor Liability for Advertising in Unsolicited Commercial E-mail". John Marshall Journal of Computer and Information Law. XXII (Fall 2003). OCLC 97971978. Archived from the original on 2009-09-09.
  • Mitchell, Anne P. (2000). "Chapter 9: Legal Support for the Father-Child Relationships in Disunited Families". In Fagan, Jay; Hawkins, Alan J. Clinical and Educational Interventions with Fathers. Haworth Press. ISBN 978-0-7890-1238-8.
  • Mitchell, Anne P. (1994). "The Hypocrisy of Equality in a Family Law Context". Fathers' Rights & Equality Exchange. OCLC 30726283.
  • Mitchell, Anne P. (1992). "The Maternal Bond". Fathers' Rights & Equality Exchange. OCLC 30741319.


  1. ^ Ragan, Steve (March 17, 2009). "The BBC and the Computer Misuse Act - Security". The Tech Herald. Archived from the original on March 26, 2009. Retrieved July 2, 2009.
  2. ^ Parke, Ross D.; Brott, Armin A. (1999). Throwaway Dads: the myths and barriers that keep men from being the fathers they want to be. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. ISBN 978-0-395-86041-0.
  3. ^ Young, Cathy (July 6, 2000). "Team players or tools of the patriarchy?". Retrieved July 2, 2009.
  4. ^ Mitchell, Anne P. (June 13, 1995). "Testimony Before the California Focus on Fathers Summit". Archived from the original on 29 May 2009. Retrieved July 2, 2009.
  5. ^ Bowman, Lisa M. (April 4, 2003). "Spam suits seek poetic justice". CNET News. Retrieved July 2, 2009.
  6. ^ (2004). "Can Laws Block Spam?" (PDF). Vircom white paper. Archived from the original (PDF) on July 7, 2011. Retrieved July 2, 2009.
  7. ^ "The Screwing of the Good Samaritan - The Problems with eBay's Giving Works and MissionFish - The Internet Patrol". Retrieved 2017-11-08.

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