About Mitch Mars


Mitch Mars was a Chicago native and lifelong public servant.
He attended Marquette University as an Evans Scholar and
after graduation, he earned a degree from Georgetown Law.


When he graduated from law school, Mitch joined the staff
of the U.S. House of Representatives, where he was assigned
to the House Select Committee involved in investigations
into the assassinations of John F. Kennedy, Robert F. Kennedy
and Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.


By 1980, Mitch returned to Chicago and joined the Organized Crime Strike Force of the Department of Justice, where he handled investigations and prosecutions of major organized crime cases. When the Strike Force later merged with the United States Attorney’s Office in 1992, Mitchell Mars became the chief of the Organized Crime Division in the office. In that position, he prosecuted some of the most noteworthy organized crime cases in the district. Mitch spent his career eliminating the great damage that violence and corruption caused in the city of Chicago.


The final case Mitch prosecuted was called the Family Secrets case. Several high-level mobsters were convicted of racketeering conspiracy and blamed for at least eighteen murders. In the closing argument presented to the jury weeks before he was diagnosed with cancer, Mitch said, “Criminal cases are about accountability and justice, not only for the defendants but also justice for our system, justice for our society and justice for the victims. Our system works. It is the greatest system in the world but it only works when those should be held accountable are held accountable.”


Our goal is to continue to make a difference in the lives of young deserving students, who similar to Mitch, may provide dedicated and exceptional service to our community.