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Hon. Dwayne K. Moring


California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger appointed Dwayne K. Moring to a judicial seat on the San Diego County Superior Court on July 21, 2008. 


Judge Moring currently hears criminal matters in a general trial department in the South County Courthouse.  His previous assignment was in one of the downtown Felony Settlement Departments where half of all the felony cases filed at the main courthouse were heard in his department.


He was also assigned to the Juvenile Delinquency Court where he presided over a daily calendar department that included arraignments, sentencings, and review hearings.  Additionally, Judge Moring’s department held a weekly Juvenile Drug Court and monthly Teen Watch Pregnancy Court.

Prior to his appointment, Judge Moring was a Deputy District Attorney in the Sex Crimes and Stalking Division of the San Diego District Attorney’s Office.  As a Deputy District Attorney, he was responsible for reviewing cases for the issuance of charges, conducting plea bargain negotiations, litigating preliminary hearings and trials, and finally argument at sentencing.  The range of cases he handled included forcible rape, child molestation, sex offender registration, indecent exposure, and state hospital recommitments for Sexually Violent Predators and Mentally Disordered Offenders.


Previously, Judge Moring was a Deputy Alternate Public Defender with the San Diego Alternate Public Defender’s Office.  As a Deputy Alternate Public Defender, he was responsible for representing indigent criminal defendants charged with serious felony offenses.  He also served rotations in the Juvenile Delinquency Court representing juveniles who were charged with a range of offenses from petty thefts to homicides.  Judge Moring also had an additional assignment to the Juvenile Dependency Court where he represented the alleged offending parent accused of harming his or her minor child through physical, sexual or emotional abuse.


Before attending law school he was an admissions counselor and assistant dean of admissions at the University of Redlands.  As an admissions officer, he recruited students to the small liberal arts college, coordinated office-wide travel, and produced publications.


Judge Moring is the recipient of several awards for his involvement in the legal community.  He was honored with the “Flame Of Inspiration Award” by the Thomas Jefferson School Of Law Black Law Student Association in March 2008 acknowledging his mentorship of minority law students.  In 2007, Judge Moring received the “Outstanding Service By A Public Attorney Award” from the San Diego County Bar Association recognizing the combination of excellence in the practice of law with service to the community, the profession, the County Bar Association or legal education.  He also received the San Diego County Sexual Assault Response Team’s “Response With A Heart Award” in appreciation of his significant contribution to sexual assault prosecution in 2007.


Judge Moring received his juris doctor degree from Pepperdine School of Law in 1991.  He also attended Pepperdine University as an undergraduate where he received a Bachelor’s degree in journalism.  


Judge Moring was born and raised in San Diego, California and is a graduate of Crawford High School.

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