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From Havana to Tallahassee

Conversation with Chief Justice Jorge Labarga

“From Havana to Tallahassee,” details the fascinating life of the Florida Supreme Court's Chief Justice Jorge Labarga.  Born in Havana in 1952, Justice Labarga is not only the first Cuban-American to hold the position of Chief Justice, he is also the first Justice since 1865 to be reelected by his peers to a consecutive term.  Governor Charlie Crist appointed Justice Labarga to the Florida Supreme Court in January of 2009.  Prior to his appointment to the Supreme Court, Justice Labarga served on the Fourth District Court of Appeal and on the Circuit Court for the Fifteenth Judicial Circuit.

Justice Labarga has been a strong proponent of Florida’s Court Communication Plan, which actively encourages state courts to utilize technology and social media to communicate effectively with its citizens.  It is only fitting that the Chief Justice is featured on the Ninth Circuit's premier podcast episode.

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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.

Jorge Labarga

Chief Justice of the Florida Supreme Court

Chief Justice of the Florida Supreme Court. Justice Labarga also served on the Fourth District Court of Apppeal and with the 15th Judicial Circuit.