The Honorable Dwayne K. Moring

San Diego County Superior Court, Department SB-8


The Hon. Dwayne K. Moring is a judge for the Superior Court of San Diego County in California. He was appointed to the bench by former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger on July 21, 2008, filling a vacancy created by the retirement of the Hon. Janis Sammartino.

Moring earned a B.A. in journalism from Pepperdine University in 1984. He worked briefly as an assistant dean of admissions for the University of Redlands before continuing his studies at Pepperdine University School of Law, where he received a J.D. in 1991.

Moring began his legal career in 1991. He first worked as a deputy city attorney in the Office of the City of Attorney of San Diego. Three years later, he joined the Office of the Alternate Public Defender of San Diego County. As a deputy alternate public defender, Moring represented indigent criminal defendants charged with serious felony offenses. Then, in 2004, he moved to the Office of the District Attorney of San Diego County, where he served as a deputy district attorney in the Sex Crimes and Stalking Division. During his four-year tenure there, he handled cases involving forcible rape, child molestation, sex offender registration, indecent exposure, and state hospital recommendations.

He is a recipient of the Flame of Inspiration Award from the Thomas Jefferson School of Law Black Law Student Association (2008), the Outstanding Service by a Public Attorney Award from the San Diego County Bar Association (2007), and the Response with a Heart Award from the San Diego County Sexual Assault Response Team (2007).

Moring was born and raised in San Diego, California, where he attended Crawford High School. While not presiding on the bench, he enjoys listening to music, watching movies, exercising, and reading.

He is registered as a Democrat.

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