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San Diego County Superior CourtCandidate for Judge, Office 22

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Steve Miller

Attorney at Law
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Give the public confidence that both public safety will preserved, and individual rights will be protected.
  • Make my courtroom a place where every person leaves knowing that they have been heard, and their case fairly decided.
  • Bring common sense to every application of the law, and every decision i make.



Profession:Former Federal Prosecutor
Nationally recognized expert on identity theft., DOJ (1994–current)
Assistant U.S. Attorney, United States Attorney’s Office, Southern District of California (1990–2018)
Special Deputy District Attorney, San Diego District Attoreny (1994–1994)
Special Deputy District Attorney, San Diego District Attorney’s Office — Elected position (1994–1994)
Deputy City Attorney, San Diego City Attorney (1988–1990)


U.S.C. JD (1988)
Dartmouth College A.B. (1984)


Steve spent his entire career protecting San Diego as a criminal prosecutor. He was a student law clerk with the California Attorney General, a Deputy City Attorney, a Supervising Trial Deputy, anAssistant U.S. Attorney, and a Special Deputy District Attorney.  He has trained new Deputy City Attorneys, and instructed state prosecutors from across the United States at the National College of District Attorenys. He is a nationally recognized expert in identity theft law, and spent his entire career in court, handling scores of jury trials, and 100 appeals before the Ninth Circuit  

Barbara Miller gave birth to Steve at Scripps Hospital when it overlooked the La Jolla Cove. His father, Ed Miller was a career Prosecutor dedicated to protecting San Diego as the first U.S. Attorney in this District, and San Diego County’s District Attoreny for over 24 years. While attending law school at U.S.C., and writing criminal response briefs for the California Attorney General, Steve decided to go into the family business as a career prosecutor, dedicated to protecting San Diego. Working as a Deputy City Attorney, a Federal Prosecutor, and a Special Deputy District Attorney, Steve pursued his dream of keeping his community safe. Steve now wants to continue that mission as a Superior Court Judge. 

Steve attended public school, graduating from La Jolla High, and attending Dartmouth College. His college summers took him from working is a warehouse, to foreign study at the University of Leningrad, to driving a beer truck for a local distributor of Budweiser.  While at Dartmouth, Steve won the New England Decathlon Championship. After college, Steve worked at the San Marcos Price Club before attending law school. 

After he returned home to begin his career as a prosecutor, Steve met and married his Jennifer.  Married for over 28 year, Steve and Jennifer have two grown sons, living and working in San Diego. Steve is an Aztec for life, as the husband and father of three SDSU graduates. 

Steve’s career as a prosecutor gave him the opportunity to gain extensive trial experience, with scores of jury trials, innumerable bench trials, and 100 appeals before the Ninth Circuit, with 16 published decisions, involving every imaginable crime. Steve has prosecuted everything from a minor trolley tickets, to homicides, and everything in between. Steve wants to bring that experience to the San Diego Superior Court. 

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

I believe that the essential foundation of law is common sense. After 100 appeals before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, I realize that is more important than ever. 

I believe that judges are responsible for maintaining the balance of confidence. The public must have confidence that public safety will be a priority, and they must have confidence that individual rights will be protected and preserved.

I believe that the court is responsible for nothing less than the orderly continuation of Society. Every Society has conflicts. Courts are the institutions that resolve those conflicts that cannot be worked out among the parties. Another judge taught me that trust in the court is essential to Society, because once the public trust in the court is lost, all other institutions will fall. 

I believe that my judicial decisions should be guided by Franklin Roosevelt’s Four Freedoms. Freedom of Speech, Freedom to Worship, Freedom from Want, and Freedom From Fear. Those  principles have guided me in my 30+ year career as a prosecutor, and will be my guiding principles as a judge. 

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