STOCKTON — Former Chief Deputy District Attorney Michael Mulvihill will take the oath of office on Thursday, Jan. 22, as San Joaquin County’s newest Superior Court Judge.
Mulvihill was elected to the bench by the voters in November’s general election.
Mulvihill worked for the San Joaquin County District Attorney’s Office for 16 years. His career with the District Attorney’s office is distinguished. In 1998, Mulvihill was hired as a Deputy District Attorney assigned to the Domestic Violence Unit. He quickly became the lead felony prosecutor in the Domestic Violence Unit for the Violence Against Women’s Act Grant. Shortly thereafter, he was promoted to the Gang Prosecution Unit where he vertically prosecuted major violent gang crimes, including murder. In May 2005, Mulvihill was promoted to Supervising Deputy District Attorney for the Family Crimes Unit, which involved prosecuting domestic violence, stalking, elder Abuse (physical and financial) and real-estate fraud cases. In 2008, he was promoted to Supervising Deputy District Attorney of the Felony Trial Unit, where he oversaw nineteen Deputy District Attorneys. During this time, he was also the lead prosecutor for the Department of Juvenile Justice, and was the on-call felony prosecutor for the Stockton area. He was also responsible for the training of local law enforcement, felony prosecutors, and misdemeanor trial team.
Mulvihill also served as the lead prosecutor for U.S. Department of Justice’s “Project Gideon” and he was co-lead prosecutor for the Project Ceasefire. In addition to his duties as a supervisor, he also prosecuted violent felonies including homicide cases.
Mulvihill has been a vigorous advocate of crime prevention by speaking at schools about methods to stop and break the cycle of violence. In recent years, Mulvihill has made cyber bullying presentations throughout the county to curtail the in-school and online abuse which has become rampant in recent years. He has also instructed children and adolescents in this community about the dangers of gangs, how to avoid and ultimately how to quit them. 2
Mulvihill earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of San Diego in 1994 and Juris Doctorate Degree from Gonzaga University School of Law in Spokane, Washington in 1998. He graduated from St. Mary’s High School in Stockton.
Mulvihill is the assistant coach of St. Mary’s High School varsity lacrosse team. Mulvihill is married with one son.
Mulvihill’s public swearing in ceremony will take place Thursday, Jan. 22, at 4 p.m. in Department 31 at the main Stockton Courthouse.