Jim Miller: My experience for Superior Court Judge

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by Jim Miller

I am running for Superior Court Judge, seat 25.  The vote for judge is county-wide. So wherever you are in San Diego County you will be able to vote for the judges.  It is hard to find information about judge candidates so here is a brief run down on my qualifications and the state of our court system.

My areas of experience are as follows: Judge Pro Tem, appointed County Hearing Officer to hear appeals from County departments, trial experience as an attorney in criminal and civil law, substantial family law experience, trial experience in Federal and State Court, certified as an arbitrator by the Better Business Bureau and the San Diego County Bar Association,  owner of law firm and business, an NFL agent having represented over 200 professional athletes, and designated as an “expert” in California and Texas courts.

I’m rated as the most qualified candidate in my race through the independent organization, Judge Voter Guide (www.judgevoterguide.com) and through the vetting process conducted by the San Diego Lincoln Club’s committee of attorneys and judges.  My endorsements include the California Republican Party and the local County Republican Party along with multiple elected officials, attorneys, judges and community leaders.

I grew up in the East County and graduated from Valhalla High School, then attended SDSU as a varsity athlete and business major. I earned a Juris Doctorate from Thomas Jefferson School of Law.  After starting my career with a small downtown San Diego law firm I went solo.  My current private practice has been based in El Cajon for over 14 years with active cases running in all of San Diego’s court venues.  To judge our community it is believed that one should know our community. I’m married and the father of 4 children.

My basic judicial philosophy is to rule on the law, not legislate from the bench.  The U.S. Constitution must be considered as the foundation of all laws and those that are not constitutional must fail. I will punish violent criminals in criminal court, will hear both sides fairly in civil and family court and will throw out frivolous lawsuits.  Currently I have drafted legislation while working with Sen. Joel Anderson, Assembly Members Brian Jones, Nathan Fletcher and Toni Atkins in family law to correct the outcome in the Harris case where the wife, after being raped by her husband, was ordered to pay his attorney’s fees and spousal support in the divorce.  AB 1522 has passed the Assembly and is headed to the Senate.

Over 90 percent of our judges are former government prosecutors. Only 35 percent of our courts are established for criminal cases.  Our Family and Civil departments are currently overrun with cases and the system lacks judges with the practical experience in these fields to ensure the community is receiving fair justice in these venues.  I’m the only candidate with the broad legal experience to handle all of the tough assignments I will face as a judge.

Remember to vote on election day and you can learn more about me at: www.jimmillerforjudge.com


Comments 4

  1. Jim Miller Jr. is carrying on his Father’s legal legacy
    with the energy and courage typical of namesake sons.
    His Father was a Pillar of the Law and so is the son.

  2. I have had a chance to get to know Jim and understand his passion for the law. He will be a fine judge and I will vote for him.

    I urge all San Diegan’s to support Jim Miller for Judge in seat 25.

  3. I’ve had a couple of face to face conversations with Jim Miller in the last few months, and I’m convinced that his legal orientation is constitutional, and NOT activist. For me, that is the most important aspect to consider in a judge. I’m nobody special, but as an ordinary citizen who’s concerned with the direction our nation is headed, I strongly endorse JIM MILLER for Superior court judge.

  4. Update from the Miller campaign…

    The UT San Diego News Paper has endorsed Jim for Superior Court Judge, seat 25. Thank you to all that have supported Jim in this race.  We are down to the final few days of the Primary Election.  Please remember to make those last calls, send out those final emails and post to your social media. 
    A quick, partial only, run down of other endorsements:
    California Republican Party
    San Diego County Republican Party
    Lincoln Club of San Diego
    UT San Diego News Paper
    San Diego Gun Rights Committee
    Judge Voter Guide
    Multiple Tea Party Organizations
    Elected Officials:
    Joel Anderson: State Senator 36th District
    Mark Wyland: State Senator 38th District
    Brian Jones: Assemblyman 77th District
    Martin Garrick: Assemblyman 74th District
    Carl DeMaio: San Diego City Council Member and Candidate for San Diego Mayor
    Nick Popaditch (USMC Ret): Candidate for US Congress 53rd Congressional District
    Ernie Dronenburg: San Diego County Assessor/Recorder and past Chairman of the State Board of Equalization, Republican Central Committee Member
    Barry Jantz: Former La Mesa City Council Member
    John McCann: President of the Sweetwater Union School District and past Chula Vista City Council Member (US Navy Officer Reserve)
    Sam Abed: Mayor of Escondido
    Bill Baber, Esq: La Mesa Spring Valley School Board and Republican Central Committee
    Jerome “Jerry” M. Kern: Oceanside City Council Member and Candidate for Oceanside Mayor
    Hal Martin: San Marcos Vice Mayor
    Art Madrid:  Mayor of La Mesa
    Bill Wells:El Cajon City Council Member
    Mark Lewis: Mayor of El Cajon
    Rob McNelis: Santee Vice Mayor and Board Member (Past President) San Diego Association of Realtors
    Gary Felien: Oceanside City Council Member and Treasurer to the San Diego County Republican Party
    Jack Feller: Oceanside Deputy Mayor
    Jim Kelly: Grossmont Union High School Board of Trustees,Vice Chair San Diego Republican Party Central Committee
    Priscilla Schreiber:Grossmont Union High School Board of Trustees
    Jill Barto: Board of Directors Cajon Valley School District
    Greg Fox: President of the Alpine Planning Group
    Dustin Steiner: Candidate for 77th Assembly District (as Re-Drawn) 
     Sherry Hodges: Candidate for 76th Assembly District (as Re-Drawn)
    Mary England: Lemon Grove City Councilwoman and Republican Endorsed candidate for 79th Assembly District (as Re-Drawn)
    Marie Waldron: Deputy Mayor of Escondido and Republican Endorsed candidate for 75th Assebly
    Judges,including Eddie Sturgeon and Christine Goldsmith.
    The most importantl endorsement is from those of you who have voted for Jim in 2010 and now in 2012.  Your endorsement by way of your vote, placement of a sign in your yard, a bumper sticker on your car and telling others about our campaign are the key endorsements for any race.

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