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Judge Diana Tennis shares the experience of her transition from TV legal analyst to Circuit Judge

With the advent of social media and the 24-hour news cycle, everything seems larger than life. And, as consumers, we’re able to process more information than ever – sometimes with an insatiable appetite. It’s no wonder the public’s demand for information on high-profile cases has been met with gavel-to-gavel coverage by competing news outlets.

In this podcast, Chief Judge Fred Lauten sits down with Circuit Judge Diana Tennis to discuss her decades long legal career, which featured prominent news commentary on high-profile cases such as the Casey Anthony and the John Zimmerman case. After a brief, two-year stint with the Ninth Circuit Public Defender’s Office, Judge Tennis set out to establish her own practice. Along the way, she established herself as a prominent legal analyst who synthesized complex legal concepts in more palatable formats that laypersons could understand.

Tune into this podcast to hear Judge Tennis’ incisive and humorous account of her life on either side of the camera. Although she misses being in the courtroom where she’d passionately advocate for her clients, Judge Tennis now enjoys interpreting the law utilizing the wealth of knowledge she’s accumulated along the way.

In this episode

Frederick J. Lauten

Podcast Moderator

Judge Lauten is currently the Chief Judge for the Ninth Judicial Circuit Court of Florida. He has served as a Judge since 1993.

Diana M. Tennis

Circuit Judge

Judge Tennis has served as a Circuit Judge since 2015. She currently serves in the Domestic Relations Division in Orange County.