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Marvin Mizell


Marvin E. Mizell served as President of the 10,000 member San Diego County Bar Association from December 2011 to December 2012.  Marvin was the second African American, and the first African American male, to hold that position since the SDCBA was founded in 1899. 


Marvin is a deputy attorney general in the California Attorney General’s Office, serving as a state prosecutor.  In  17 years in his position, Marvin has handled hundreds of felony convictions on appeal in state court and on habeas corpus in federal court. Marvin also has felony trial experience.


Prior to becoming an attorney, Marvin graduated from San Diego State University in 1992, cum laude, with a degree in sociology.  The first college graduate in his family, and a San Diego native, Marvin continued his education and graduated from U.C. Davis School of Law in 1996.


Marvin’s extensive legal community and community service experience includes serving as President of the Earl B. Gilliam Bar Association in 2002.  In that position, Marvin wrote a resolution against Proposition 54, the Racial Privacy Initiative, which was adopted by many legal organizations in San Diego and throughout the state, including the San Diego County Bar Association.  For his efforts against Proposition 54, Marvin received the EBGBA’s Frederick Douglass Community Service Award in 2003.


Marvin also served as Chair of the SDCBA’s Ethnic Relations and Diversity Committee in 2007.  In that capacity, Marvin helped to write the SDCBA’s Diversity Pledge, which encouraged legal employers and entities to sign a pledge to implement relevant goals and practices to improve and retain diversity.  Over 40 legal employers and entities have signed the pledge.


Marvin received the Attorney General's Citizenship Award in 2013 for his extensive service in the legal community.


In 2015, Marvin was appointed to the State Bar's Council on Access and Fairness Committee. 


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