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A Tale of Two Judges

A candid conversation with Judges Alvaro and Grosshans

Learning about the professional life of a judge – Where did they attend law school? What law did they practice? When did they take the bench? – is generally very easy. These types of questions all have publicly attainable answers. However, if you want to learn about the person behind the robes – Why did they want to become a judge? Are they a morning person or a night owl? How did they adjust to life on the bench? – that is generally not very easy at all. Until now.

Join Chief Judge Fred Lauten as he sits down for a candid conversation with Judges Chad Alvaro and Jamie Grosshans, two of Central Florida’s newest judges.


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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.

Chad K. Alvaro

Circuit Court Judge

Judge Alvaro was appointed to the Circuit bench in 2018 by Governor Scott. He currently serves in the Circuit Civil Division in Orange County.

Jamie Grosshans

5th District Courtt of Appeals Judge

Judge Grosshans was appointed to the Orange County bench in 2017. In July of 2018, Governor Scott appointed Judge Grosshans to the 5th DCA.