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Bidding Farewell

Open Ninth Podcast - Episode 176

When Judge Alice Blackwell joined the bench in 1991, she had a vision for what she hoped to accomplish. She wanted to always follow the law and to be a judge who truly listened to those who brought their case before her. She sought to be a judge who lawyers were happy to appear before and a good colleague to her fellow jurists. And, most importantly, she planned to improve the court and leave it in an even better state than she found it.

Now, 32 years later, Judge Blackwell looks back at her service here in the Ninth Circuit and she is joyful of what she achieved. Tune in to Open Ninth to hear her conversation with Chief Judge Lisa Munyon about her many years on the bench and what she’ll miss most in retirement. Listen at


  • 00:16 – Introduction to Judge Alice Blackwell
  • 06:30 – Development of the Domestic Violence Court
  • 14:41 – Time in Business Court
  • 18:20 – Involvement in groups/conferences
  • 30:44 – Looking back
  • 37:02 – Advice for new judges
  • 39:43 – What she’ll miss
Open Ninth
Episode 176

Conversations Beyond the Courtroom.

Run time 41:41



In this episode

Chief Judge Lisa T. Munyon
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.

Circuit Judge Alice Blackwell
Alice L. Blackwell

Circuit Court Judge

Judge Blackwell has served as a Circuit Judge since 1991. She retires in June of 2023 after 32 years of service on the bench.