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From Gavel to Hammer

A mission trip with the Judges of the Ninth Judicial Circuit

When Florida Supreme Court Justice Lawson invited Judges Blechman, Jewett, Munyon, and Murphy to join him on a mission trip to build homes in Honduras, they all jumped at the opportunity to give back. But, when they sat down with Chief Judge Fred Lauten to talk about their experience, they all agreed that what they received on this trip far outweighed anything they could have given. Take a listen to their stories as Justice Lawson and our Judges talk about their five days in Honduras and the incredible impact it had on their lives.


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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.

Lisa T. Munyon

Circuit Judge

Judge Munyon has served as a Circuit Court Judge since 2003. She currently serves as the Administrative Judge for the Civil Division.

Michael Murphy

Circuit Court Judge

Judge Murphy has served as a Circuit Judge since 2005. He currently serves in the Circuit Civil Division in Osceola County.

Mark S. Blechman

Circuit Court Judge

Judge Blechman has served as a Circuit Judge since 2013. He currently serves in the Domestic Relations Division in Orange County.

Steve Jewett

Orange County Judge

Judge Steve Jewett has served as an Orange County Judge since 2007. He currently serves in the Misdemeanor Division in Orange County

C. Alan Lawson

Florida Supreme Court Justice

Justice Lawson also served as the Chief Judge for the Fifth District Court of Appeal and as a Circuit Judge with the Ninth Judicial Circuit.