Open Ninth

Conversations Beyond the Courtroom.

Building Judicial Foundations in Angola

Open Ninth Episode 159 - Guest Karen Rushing

When Clerk Karen Rushing received an invitation to work on a judicial reform project in Angola in 2002, she wasn’t sure what to expect. For years, the country was marred in a civil war, and the opposing forces were still negotiating a peace agreement. But the senior government of Angola made it their goal to improve the efficiency and credibility of their country’s judicial system, and Clerk Rushing had the experience to help. Over the course of four years, she traveled back and forth between the U.S. and Angola, determining opportunities for change, developing training materials, and bringing a delegation of Angolans to Sarasota County to get an up-close look at the American judicial system. Tune in to to hear Clerk Rushing talk to Chief Judge Lisa Munyon about her work on the project, and what the results are almost twenty years later.


  • 00:36 – The Invitation
  • 08:31 – Traveling to Angola
  • 16:15 – Getting to Work
  • 22:27 – Defining the Problems
  • 30:02 – Training on New Procedures
  • 33:33 – Angola Visits Sarasota
  • 40:06 – Results of the Project
Open Ninth
Episode 159

Conversations Beyond the Courtroom.

Run time 0:48:48



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.

Sarasota County Clerk of Circuit Court and County Comptroller
Karen Rushing

Sarasota County Clerk of Circuit Court and County Comptroller

Clerk Karen Rushing has been Sarasota County’s elected Clerk of the Circuit Court and County Comptroller since 1987