Michael Flemming is running for San Diego Superior Court Judge, Seat No. 35 on a platform of being smart on crime by using our Collaborative Courts such as Drug Court, Homeless Court, Veteran’s Treatment Court, and Mental Court to close the costly door of recidivism.
Michael has represented hundreds of indigent clients and tried 40 jury trials ranging from DUI to attempted murder. Michael is currently a Commissioner on City of Vista’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG). This commission is charged with awarding funding to nonprofit organizations who serve the citizens of Vista. Michael also serves on the Earl B Gilliam Bar Foundation, Board of Directors. Michael is a member of the La Jolla Playhouse Young Professional Leadership Committee which is a committee charged with introducing the theater arts to underserved and underrepresented communities throughout San Diego County. Michael also served with NAACP Advisory Working Group to help create Citizen Review Boards, throughout San Diego County, to help citizens report negative encounters with local law enforcement.
Raised in Gulfport Mississippi, Michael attended every grade of school in Gulfport and later attended the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss). At Ole Miss Michael obtained a Bachelors of Arts in International Studies with an emphasis on Global Peace and Security with a minor in Mandarin Chinese.
While at Ole Miss, Michael took a year off and moved to San Diego where he worked aboard Camp Pendleton and met his wife, Vanessa. Sadly when Michael returned to Ole Miss Vanessa’s mother abruptly passed away from undiagnosed stage-3 leukemia. Michael then went to Beijing, China to study at Peking University. After returning from China, Michael graduated from Ole Miss and moved to San Diego to start law school. During his first year of law school, he and Vanessa adopted and began raising Natali, Vanessa’s six-year-old sister.
During his last summer of law school, Michael accepted a legal fellowship on Capitol Hill with, the late U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s Office, where he was assigned to the Democratic Policy Committee (DPC). While at the DPC Michael focused on judiciary, defense, intelligence, and Native American issues.
Prior to becoming a Deputy Public Defender, Michael worked for the United States Marine Corps where he was assigned to the Commandant’s Counsel’s Western Area Counsel Office aboard Camp Pendleton. While at Western Area Counsel Office, Michael was assigned to the Labor, Employment, and Litigation section where he focused on advising the Commandant, Commanders, and Civilian Supervisors on Labor and Employment and Ethics issues. Michael also assisted on Contract and Environmental Law issues.
Michael is an avid sports fan who also enjoys cooking. He resides in Vista with his wife Vanessa, their son Dryden, and their two dogs Brutus and Snowball.