Acting President and Director of Health Care Initiatives for Justice-Involved Populations - Dan Mistak
Mr. Mistak joined COCHS in February 2014 and brings a wide variety of experience. He is returning to COCHS as the Director of the Health and Justice Initiative after a two-year leave with the Legal Aid Society of Hawai‘i where he provided support to map Hawai‘i County’s behavioral health safety net and its interface with the criminal justice system. While there, he was a trial attorney and worked with justice-involved individuals regarding the collateral consequences of their justice involvement. Prior to joining COCHS, Mr. Mistak was a Senior Editor of the California Law Review at UC Berkeley, School of Law. His previous experience has focused on legal issues for underprivileged populations including representation of clients in asylum hearings, legal research surrounding the Voting Rights Act of 1965, and campaign finance. He holds Master’s degrees in Genetics/Cell Biology and Philosophy from Washington State University and Bachelor’s degrees in Biology and Chemistry. He is admitted to practice law in California and Hawai‘i.