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Labor Day Special: Before They Were Judges

Judges talk about how they made a living before taking the bar and the bench.

Think back to your first few jobs. Did you babysit the neighbors’ rambunctious kids who, now that you are thinking about it, weren’t too much younger than you were at the time? Or were you one of the legions of high school students working retail at the local mall? Perhaps you waited tables or worked the line as a short order cook or tended bar? Whatever you were doing, we’ll venture a guess that the job you did then has absolutely nothing to do with the job you are doing now. Or does it?

In celebration of Labor Day, 10 Judges from the Ninth Circuit talk candidly with our host, Chief Judge Fred Lauten, about their first jobs. From paperboy to waitress to organist – not one of our judges can draw a straight line from where they started to their jobs today in the judiciary. And despite that, those first jobs were decidedly instrumental in shaping who they became both on and off the bench. Grab your headphones and listen in.


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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.

Faye L. Allen

Orange County Judge

Judge Allen has served as an Orange County Judge since 2005. She currently serves in the County Civil Division in Orange County.

Alice L. Blackwell

Circuit Court Judge

Judge Blackwell has served as a Circuit Judge since 1991. She currently serves as the Associate Administrative Judge for Domestic Relations.

Patricia A. Doherty

Circuit Court Judge

Judge Doherty has served as a Circuit Judge since 2010. She currently serves as the Administrative Judge in the Domestic Relations Division.

Eric H. DuBois

Judge DuBois has served as an Orange County Judge since 2017. He currently serves in the County Civil Division in Orange County.

Robert J. Egan

Circuit Court Judge

Judge Egan has served as a Circuit Judge since 2008. He currently serves in the Orange County Juvenile Delinquency Division.

John Marshall Kest

Circuit Court Judge

Judge John Marshall Kest as served as a Circuit Judge since 2003. He currently serves in the Circuit Civil Division in Orange County.

Bob LeBlanc

Circuit Court Judge

Judge LeBlanc has served as a Circuit Judge since 2007. He currently serves as the Associate Administrative Judge in the Circuit Civil Division.

Heather Pinder Rodriguez

Judge Pinder Rodriguez has served as a Circuit Judge since 2012. She currently serves in the Unified Family Court Division in Osceola County.

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.