Welcoming the 9th’s First Female Chief Judge

Open Ninth Episode 128

Judge Lisa Munyon has had a long, illustrious career. From the state attorney’s office to private practice and then the bench, Judge Munyon has worn many hats. Now, she takes on her greatest challenge yet: becoming the first female Chief Judge of the Ninth Judicial Circuit Court.

Listen in as Judge Munyon sits with Chief Judge Myers and talks about how she got into the field of law, what she considers her most memorable case, and what she hopes to accomplish as Chief Judge.


  • 00:18 – Introduction to Lisa Munyon
  • 05:38 – Working as a prosecutor and in private practice
  • 08:27 – Her most memorable case
  • 11:51 – Being on the bench
  • 16:49 – Her goals as Chief Judge
  • 23:59 – Finding inspiration


In this episode

Donald A. Myers, Jr.

Judge Donald A. Myers, Jr. has served as a Circuit Judge since 2011. He was elected as Chief Judge and started his 2-year term on July 1, 2019.

Lisa T. Munyon

Chief Judge and Open Ninth host

Chief Judge Lisa T. Munyon has been a Judge with the Ninth Judicial Circuit for 18 years. She is the Ninth Circuit's first female Chief Judge.