Open Ninth

Grasshopper, Let Me Learn You Something

Judge Wilson shares warm memories of the mentoring she recieved from the recently passed Judge Scott Polodna.

An unlikely Gator fan, Judge Tanya Davis Wilson worked her way through law school. After graduation, she served as an Assistant Public Defender, an Assistant Federal Public Defender, and as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Florida, before being appointed to the Orange County bench. She was recently invested as a Circuit Judge.

A Quincy, Florida native and a 16-year cancer survivor, she credits having learned many life lessons under the mentorship of former Judge Scott Polodna, who passed away last December from lung cancer. “It wasn’t as much what he said, as much as what he did,” said Judge Wilson as her eyes welled up during the podcast.

Judge Scott Polodna was well regarded for his vast knowledge of the law. He was also a man of incredible faith. During his battle with cancer, he modeled true grace and strength by frequently comforting family members and friends who were concerned with his medical condition. Judge Polodna used his dry sense of humor and gentle teaching style to win over the hearts of those around him. On the one-year anniversary of his passing, we honor the legacy he left us and we remember the great father, husband, and coworker who was Scott Polodna.


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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.

Tanya Davis Wilson

Circuit Court Judge

Judge Tanya Davis Wilson has served as a County Judge from 2014-2017 and as a Circuit Judge since 2017. She currently serves in Domestic Relations.