Open Ninth

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September 16, 2019 21 min

Emigrating from Haiti was a formative transition for the 7-year-old Judge Gabrielle Sanders, who struggled with learning English and bullying while trying to adjust to the culture of her new country. Fast forward a few years and she's a fluent mock trial enthusiast at FAMU determined to use her knowledge of the legal system to help people. Tune in and listen as she tells her talks to Chief Judge Don Myers about her life, her pa... Read more

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September 6, 2019 40 min

In 2018, Hurricane Michael devastated Panama City and the surrounding area. Judge Elijah Smiley, who was Chief Judge of the 14th Circuit during that time, sat down with our host Chief Judge Don Myers in August to talk about the aftermath of the storm. Listen in as they talk about preparing, communicating, and delivering due process in the face of destruction.  Let us know what you think about the podcast.

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August 20, 2019 30 min

The long road to the bench is one filled with surprising twists and turns. Neither of the Ninth Circuit's newest judges initially knew that the judiciary was their chosen profession. Listen as Chief Judge Don Myers speaks to Judge Madrigal and Judge Kraynick about their background, their journey to the bench, their greatest challenges, stress management and much more.   Let us know what you think about the podcast.

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August 5, 2019 31 min

In male-dominated fields, it is often difficult to stand your ground as a female, and even harder to stand out. Nevertheless, Jamie Moses has spent the last two and a half decades doing just that. When she’s not raising her two kids, empowering young or female lawyers, or competing in triathlons like the Ironman, she works as Senior Counsel at Holland & Knight LLP. Tune in as she talks with Chief Judge Myers about her experienc... Read more

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August 5, 2019 31 min

In male-dominated fields, it is often difficult to stand your ground as a female, and even harder to stand out. Nevertheless, Jamie Moses has spent the last two and a half decades doing just that. When she’s not raising her two kids, empowering young or female lawyers, or competing in triathlons like the Ironman, she works as Senior Counsel at Holland & Knight LLP. Tune in as she talks with Chief Judge Myers about her experience as... Read more

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July 22, 2019 49 min

Our host Chief Judge Don Myers talks with Judge Reginald Whitehead and Keith Raskin from Aspire Heath Partners about the complexities of our nation's opioid crisis. From the inner workings of drug court to the methadone treatment clinic, learn about what our community is doing to fight back against this epidemic. Let us know what you think about the podcast.

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July 8, 2019 42 min

How does life lead someone to become the Ninth Circuit’s newest Chief Judge? Listen to Judge Don Myers share his life journey with outgoing Chief Judge Fred Lauten. His not-so-predictable road to the bench includes some time working as a speech pathologist in Hawaii before returning to Florida to attend law school, where he made his lifelong commitment to justice that led him to the judiciary. Plus, tune in to find out more about C... Read more

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June 24, 2019 54 min

For the past two years, Chief Judge Fred Lauten has brought us into a myriad of conversations. From stories of personal triumph to fun forays into the intersection of pop culture and the law to hard hitting explorations of legal and societal issues – he has guided us to a deeper understanding of the law, our community, and each other. And after 76 episodes as our host, and 26 years on the bench, Chief Judge Lauten will retire at th... Read more

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June 10, 2019 38 min

The importance of professional behavior is universally recognized, but aside from being punctual and polite – professionalism seems to be an elusive concept to define. Ask anyone about it and they will regale you with horror stories about some unprofessional behavior they’ve encountered but will be woefully lacking in detail when pressed to define what professionalism looks like. But while that detail is lacking for most – it is no... Read more

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May 28, 2019 35 min

Everyone who lives in the United States can trace their roots back to some other country. Maybe your family has been here forever, having immigrated in the 1700s. Or perhaps your grandparents or great grandparents sailed to Ellis Island in the early 1900s. Regardless of whether your ancestors came here 200 years ago or 20, we are all shaped by the culture they brought with them. As a first generation Korean-American, Circuit Court ... Read more

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May 13, 2019 56 min

No matter where you live – be it Central Florida or anywhere else in the country – it is more than likely that you have heard of Jeff Ashton. Being the prosecutor assigned to the Casey Anthony trial catapulted him into the national limelight. But, did you also know that he was the first prosecutor to successfully win a conviction using DNA evidence? Or that he is a best-selling author? Or a devoted father to seven children? Having ... Read more

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April 29, 2019 20 min

Meet the newest judges at the Ninth Circuit! By January of 2019, eight new judges joined the bench. Six were elected – Judges Arendas, Ashton, Carter, Sanders, Shaffer, and Young. Two were appointed – Judges Beamer and Wish. And they all have been an incredible addition to the bench. Grab you headphones and listen in as Chief Judge Fred Lauten leads the group in a candid conversation about life, the law, and the road to the judicia... Read more

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April 15, 2019 58 min

Of our three branches of government, the judicial branch – despite having the highest approval ratings of the three – tends to be the least understood. Unless we make it on a jury panel or have a pending case, most of us don’t have much of a reason to interact directly with the courts. And, even for those of us who’ve had a wealth of experience, it still may feel like the whole legal system is one giant iceberg. We only know that l... Read more

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April 1, 2019 54 min

In 1993, Russia adopted the Constitution of the Russian Federation. With it came the abolishment of communism and the dissolution of the Soviet system of government. Nearly 25 years have passed and the intervening years mark the evolution of a nation and its judicial system. Looking to truly take the conversation beyond the courtroom, Chief Judge Fred Lauten sat down with former Russian legal professionals, Judge Margarita Riley, a... Read more

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March 19, 2019 32 min

Turn on the news or surf your favorite news site, what do you see? Stories about the latest scams? The most recent violent crimes? Do you wonder how to protect yourself from being phished, or if things are really getting worse in your own neighborhood? Looking for some answers to these questions? Well then, grab your headphones and listen in as Sheriff John Mina talks with our host, Chief Judge Fred Lauten about scams, security, an... Read more

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March 4, 2019 60 min

In the digital age, information is easy to come by. There are millions of websites devoted to every conceivable subject. Google your topic and you’ll instantaneously receive a long list of sites with relevant information. It’s that simple. However, relevant doesn’t necessarily mean correct. And that list may end up being utterly useless. So, what do you do when you need solid, accurate information? You call an expert. And, that’s e... Read more

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February 18, 2019 45 min

Jury duty. The mention of those two words fosters a wide range of feelings spanning from dread to pride and everything in between. The right to a jury trial is one of the most fundamental principles of our justice system. It’s so important that it is guaranteed in the Constitution – a guarantee that is backed and ensured by our participation. To have a jury is to commit to be a juror. And so we are called upon to serve. We serve wi... Read more

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February 4, 2019 49 min

Naivasha, Kenya is home to over 25,000 orphaned children. Looking to help restore their sense of safety, security, and family, Judge Heather Rodriguez traveled to Naivasha with her daughter last summer as part of the Inua program. Listen in as they share their experiences with Chief Judge Lauten, and learn about the incredible impact Inua had on their lives and the lives of Naivasha’s children.  

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January 22, 2019 39 min

How do you want to be received by others? What’s your pet peeve? How do you learn best? If you’re thinking that the answers to these questions will only help you build self-awareness, you may want to think again. While we all want to be able to answer these questions for ourselves, knowing how our colleagues and coworkers will answers them, and twelve others, holds the key to building good relationships in the workplace. J. Lenora ... Read more

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January 7, 2019 37 min

Homelessness is one of the most pressing issues facing our community. On any given day in Central Florida there are over 2,000 homeless people on the streets – veterans, parents with children, individuals, and youth. Serving this population requires an integrative approach that not only provides housing, but also a continuum of services that foster the skills and stability necessary to rebuild life off the streets. At the center of... Read more

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