Open Ninth

Best of Both Worlds

The Ninth’s First Korean-American Judg

Episode 75 of Open Ninth - Best of Both Worlds

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 Judge Denise Kim Beamer has experienced this first-hand – growing up influenced by both her American and Korean roots. Listen in as she shares her story and her journey to the bench with our host, Chief Judge Fred Lauten.


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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.

Denise Kim Beamer

Circuit Judge

Judge Beamer was appointed to the Circuit bench in 2019 by Governor Scott. She currently serves in the Circuit Criminal Division in Orange County.