Brian Maienschein

Adjunct Professor of Law

  • JD 1994, California Western School of Law
  • BA 1991, University of California, Santa Barbara

Brian Maienschein teaches election law. Maienschein was elected to the City Council in November 2000 with 63% of the vote, the most ever received by a non-incumbent, and was re-elected without opposition in 2004 to represent the San Diego City Council’s Fifth District. In the course of both elections, he received the highest number of votes ever cast for a City Council candidate. The Fifth District includes the communities of Carmel Mountain Ranch, Mira Mesa, Rancho Bernardo, Sabre Springs, Scripps Ranch, San Pasqual and Sorrento Mesa.

A successful business attorney who works extensively with small business owners and high-tech companies, Maienschein utilizes private sector expertise to reform local government by instilling more fiscal responsibility and greater accountability at City Hall. He has experienced first hand the effects of poor transportation and land use planning and works to improve quality of life for San Diego residents by placing neighborhoods ahead of downtown special interest groups. Ensuring that basic infrastructure needs and public safety facilities are put in place before development occurs is a fundamental requirement under Maienschein’s mission to protect neighborhoods and the quality of life we all enjoy in San Diego.

He also believes in the importance and effectiveness of volunteer efforts to help ensure our kids have the support and encouragement they need to succeed. Maienschein served as Executive Director of Youth Court, an innovative program that has forged a partnership between law enforcement, schools and community groups to get first-time juvenile offenders back on track. For his work with this program, he received the 1999 District Attorney’s Crime Victims Rights Award. Maienschein expanded this program so that San Diego Teen Court now teaches thousands of students about the consequences of juvenile crime.

In recognition of his hard work on behalf of our communities, he received the 2003 Legislator of the Year Award by the American Planning Association and was awarded the Soroptimist Environment Award by the Soroptimists of Rancho Bernardo. Maienschein was named by San Diego Magazine as one of the top 50 People to Watch in San Diego and was also awarded the Top 40 Under 40 Leadership Award by San Diego Metropolitan Magazine.

Maienschein is a graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara and California Western Law School in San Diego.

Areas of Expertise

Professor Maienschein teaches election law.

Professional Experience

Maienschein has served as the California State Assemblymember for the 77th district since 2012. He is the vice chair of the committees on health and human services and serves on the committees on business, professions and consumer protection; housing and community development; and judiciary. From 2000 to 2008, he served on the San Diego City Council representing the fifth district. He has also served as San Diego’s Commissioner on Homelessness and executive director of Youth Court, a partnership among law enforcement, schools and community groups to get first-time juvenile offenders back on track.

Honors and Affiliations

Maienschein received the 2003 Legislator of the Year Award from the American Planning Association. He twice has been named one of the Top 50 People to Watch in San Diego by San Diego Magazine and was the recipient of the Top 40 under 40 Leadership Award by San Diego Metropolitan Magazine. In 2012, Maienschein received the Channel 10 News Leadership Award and was named one of San Diego’s Top Influentials by The Daily Transcript. He received the 1999 District Attorney’s Crime Victims’ Rights Award for his work with Youth Court.

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