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Tuesday June 7, 2022 — California Primary Election

Tribunal Superior de California, Condado de San DiegoCandidato para Juez, Cargo 35

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Michael J. Flemming

Deputy Public Defender
128,769 votos (19.1%)
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Mis 3 prioridades principales

  • Protecting Public Safety: We need to shift from a "tough on crime" stance to a "smart on crime" stance. As we've seen tough on crime isn't working! We need real solutions and I possess the institutional knowledge needed to implement those solutions.
  • Justice Reform: Use of Collaborative Courts to supervise and rehabilitate rather than incarcerate our non-violent Veterans, Mentally Ill, Drug Addicted, and Homeless offenders. Ultimately ending the pipeline to prison and reducing recidivism.
  • Access to justice: By encouraging our local court to continue allowing virtual court appearances. This would help reduce our enormous court backlog and allow access to justice to more litigants by eliminating the cost of travel and missing work.



Profesión:Deputy Public Defender, San Diego County
Deputy Public Defender, San Diego County Primary Public Defender's Office (2014–current)
Board of Director---Parliamentarian, Earl B. Gilliam Bar Foundation — Cargo designado (2022–current)
Commissioner, City of Vista Citizen Development Block Grant Commission — Cargo designado (2021–current)
Board Memeber, La Jolla Playhouse Leadership Committee — Cargo designado (2018–2022)
Law Clerk, U.S. Department of Navy (2009–2014)
Legal Fellow, U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer---San Diego District Office (2008–2009)
Legal Fellow, U.S. Senate Majority Leader's Office---Democratic Policy Committee (2008–2008)


Thomas Jefferson School of Law Juris Doctorate, Law (2008)
Croft Institute of International Studies at the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) B.A. International Studies, East Asian Studies with a thematic concentration in Global Peace and Security and minor in Mandarin Chinese (2006)
Peking University Immersion Program, Mandarin Chinese (2005)

Actividades comunitarias

Member of Advisory Group tasked with developing Citizen Review Boards, North County NAACP and Resilience Project (2021–current)
Board Member, San Diego County Public Defender's Office Diversity and Inclusion Committee (2020–current)
Board Member, La Jolla Playhouse Leadership Committee (2018–2022)
Attorney Scorer, San Diego Mock Trial Competition (2016–2021)
Coach, Catherdal Catholic Mock Trial Team (2012–2015)


I have been a Deputy Public Defender for the past eight years where I have tried approximately 40 trials to verdict.  In 2016, I was awarded the William Fletcher Award by the North County Bar Association for excellent indigent defense. 

Currently, I am a Commissioner for the City of Vista’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) which is a commission who awards funding from a U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) grant to local nonprofits that address homelessness, substance abuse, and gang prevention for the citizens of Vista. I have worked with the Resilience Project to help create uniformed Police Citizen Review Boards throughout San Diego County to provide citizens a forum to report negative encounters with law enforcement.  And, I have worked with Clean Slate Clinics and Veteran’s Standdowns to help indigent citizens resolve outstanding cases and clean their past criminal records.   

Prior to becoming a Deputy Public Defender, I spent approximately five years as a civilian law clerk, for the United States Marine Corps’ Commandant’s Counsel aboard Camp Pendleton, where I was assigned to the Labor & Employment, Litigation, and Ethics section.

While in law school, I was a legal fellow in Senator Boxer’s San Diego District Office where I was assigned a portfolio comprised of Intelligence, Defense, Foreign Relations, and Judiciary issues.  Prior to interning for Senator Boxer’s District Office, I was a legal fellow on Capitol Hill, for the late Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s office, where I was assigned to the Democratic Policy Committee.

Creencias poliza

Filosofía política

I am a "non-constructionist,” thus I believe that the United States and California Constitutions are living documents that adapt to change as our society continues to evolve.  Public Safety and equity are not competing ideals in my campaign.  I believe in criminal justice reform.  I strongly believe that every litigant deserves their "day in court” and the right to be heard in a completely impartial forum. Finally, I believe that police officers should be held to the same level of accountablilty as all other litigants and witnesses appearing before me.




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